Interview with Dorothy Padgett, November 15, 2018

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Dorothy (Dot) Padgett was born in Sandersville, Georgia, and grew up in Douglas County. She attended the University of Georgia’s Atlanta extension (now Georgia State University) but did not graduate. Padgett and other supporters of former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter organized “The Peanut Brigade” in 1975 to promote Carter’s presidential campaign. She served as Assistant Chief of Protocol in the U.S. State Department from 1977 until 1979. Padgett later enjoyed a long career as an events coordinator with Atlanta Arrangements. Padgett is the author of Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts, which was published by Mercer University Press in 2016. She also sits on the Board of Councilors at the Carter Center. Padgett resides in Douglasville.

Padgett discusses her childhood and early life. She talks about meeting Jimmy Carter and becoming involved in his gubernatorial campaign. Padgett gives her views on Carter’s campaign style and stance on issues. She recalls Carter’s 1976 presidential run. Researchers of Jimmy Carter and presidential campaigns will be interested in Padgett’s reflections on the Peanut Brigade. She mentions her later work with President Carter and closes with her thoughts on the current state of politics.






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Dorothy Padgett and Katie Schank, “Interview with Dorothy Padgett, November 15, 2018,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,