Thornton, Dan 1956

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Tape 1: Dan Thornton, former Governor of Colorado, delivers a closing address at the 1956 Republican National Convention in San Francisco. Recorded from the CBS television broadcast. Tapes 2-5: Thornton discusses his life, friends and career, emphasizing his successes in both business and politics.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dan Thornton

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 23 and September 1, 1956

Location: San Francisco, California and Denver, Colorado

Interviewer: CBS TV, Seymour V. Connor

Length: 7 hours 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Questions truthfulness of Democratic Party at Chicago convention, Says that the Republicans are friends of organized labor, Claims that Republicans saved money and cut taxes for all, Points to growth of small business with Eisenhower, Rebuts Democrats’ contention about legislation and prosperity, Discusses Dulles’ bi-partisan foreign policy, Points to farm product price increases by Republicans, Declares the Republican Party a party of world peace, Says that the motto of the Republicans is "Truth, Truth, Truth".

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Thornton’s pedigreed cattle, His philanthropy discussed, Organizations patronized by Thornton, Herman Apple speaks of Dan Thornton, Dan Thornton’s philosophy of life and secret of success given, Thornton presented as a tolerant man, Harold Fullser interviewed about Thornton, Cattle buying by Thornton discussed, Thornton’s cattle breeding methods, Thornton as top merchandiser in Hereford cattle, Success secrets of Dan Thornton named, Thornton’s first success at Denver Stock Show.

Tape 2, Side 2: Thornton as first man to sell a Hereford bull for $50,000, Thornton created good public relations to sell his cattle, Thornton presented as a fair man, Dispersal sale, Presented as a generous man, Commercial herds and registered herds defined, Interview with Ross Brown, Thornton’s war on crime mentioned, Idea of support the law or change it, Reasons for Thornton’s election as Governor given, Basic campaign issues of 1952 gubernatorial election, State advertising budget discussed, Penitentiary issue, Thornton never acted for political favor, Old age pension issue discussed.

Tape 3, Side 1: Pension issue (continued), Air Force Academy discussed, Measures taken against the drought in Colorado, Highway tunnel under the Continental Divide mentioned, Income tax reduction of 20% discussed, Small loan bill discussed, Thornton’s campaign speech preparation, Thornton believes completely in democratic government, National honors of Dan Thornton named.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Tape 4, Side 1: Thornton’s biography and early life, Family moves to Memphis, Texas, Moved onto a farm near Lubbock and grew cotton and grain, Lubbock County Agent interested Dan Thornton in becoming a rancher, Thornton elected president of Texas 4H Club (1927), Teachers and others who influenced his life, Thornton’s days at Texas Tech, Went to UCLA, Met his wife, Worked as a roughneck in the oil fields after quitting school and getting married, Moved to Arizona for his wife’s health, Some jobs Thornton held, White Mountain Hereford Ranch founded, Moved to Gunnison, Colorado, Lists origin of the cattle he bought for his herd.

Tape 4, Side 2: Thornton cattle won all the ratings in a stock show, Thornton lists factors in his home life which influenced him, American Steel Packing Co. mentioned, Thornton elected to State Senate, States his ideas on government and freedom, Discusses speech making, Thornton tells the effect of the governorship on him, Promoted Colorado, Went into the cattle feeding business, Went to Korea to study problems, Reasons for his running for U. S. Senator, Thornton’s philosophic concepts.

Tape 5, Side 1: Facts which contributed to Thornton’s success, Town of Thornton discussed.

Tape 5, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1900-1956

Bulk Dates: 1900-1956

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