Interview with Ford Spinks, December 2, 2009

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Ford B. Spinks was born in Tifton, Georgia on April 5, 1927. In 1962, he ran a successful campaign twice – due to reapportionment – for Georgia State Senate. He continued in the Georgia Senate, and served in many committees until leaving the senate in 1971. He supported Jimmy Carter through many campaigns, and was appointed public service commissioner in 1971, a post he held until 1989. Outside of politics, he was a farm equipment dealer and served as director of the Bank of Tifton and chairman of the Coastal Plain Area Tourism Council. Spinks discusses Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign, his own campaigns for public service commissioner, and the state of politics in Georgia.






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Ford Spinks and Bob Short, “Interview with Ford Spinks, December 2, 2009,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 14, 2024,