Interview with Molly Dye Franklin, October 4, 2018

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Molly Dye Franklin was raised between Waynesboro and Augusta. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandizing from the University of Georgia in 1980 before earning a certification in executive secretarial protocol from Katherine Gibbs College in Boston, Massachusetts. She later completed the Program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997. Franklin began working for Georgia Senate Minority Leader Paul Coverdell as an aide in 1981. She also worked executive assistant at Coverdell and Company, Inc. in Atlanta. Following Coverdell’s appointment as Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in 1989, Franklin moved to Washington D.C. as Coverdell’s administrative director. She returned to Atlanta in 1991 and worked as administrative director for Paul Coverdell’s 1992 U.S. Senate campaign. Following his victory, Franklin served as Senator Coverdell’s chief of staff until his death in July 2000. From 2001 until 2005, Franklin was Vice President of Corporate Relations for AGCO Corporation in Duluth, Georgia. She is currently founder and President of MDF Designs and resides in Atlanta.

Franklin talks about growing up in Waynesboro and Augusta and attending the University of Georgia and Katherine Gibbs College. She reflects on moving to Atlanta and her early work with Paul Coverdell and the Georgia Senate Republican Caucus. Franklin offers her insights into the Georgia Republican Party’s growth as well as Coverdell’s role in it. She discusses working in Washington D.C. as a close aide to Coverdell at the U.S. Peace Corps before returning to Georgia to assist Coverdell’s successful 1992 U.S. Senate campaign. Franklin recalls her work as Senator Coverdell’s chief of staff. She reflects on the moment she learned that Senator Coverdell had died as well as the ensuing days. The interview closes with Franklin’s thoughts on the past and future of two-party politics in Georgia.






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Molly Dye Franklin and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Molly Dye Franklin, October 4, 2018,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 14, 2024,