Interview with Peter Zack Geer, Part 1, November 3, 1993

Collection: Series II. S. Ernest Vandiver Interviews

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Peter Zack Geer interviewed by Hal Henderson. Geer was Gov. Vandiver's executive secretary (1959-1962) and served as lieutenant governor of Georgia from 1962 to 1966. Topics in this interview include Geer's relationship with Vandiver before becoming his executive secretary, Vandiver's 1954 run for lieutenant governor, Governor Talmadge’s role in Vandiver’s run in 1954, Geer's opinion of Vandiver as lieutenant governor, Vandiver’s relationship with Governor Marvin Griffin and the deterioration of that relationship, Vandiver and the rural roads issue, Vandiver’s run for governor in 1958, Vandiver's “No, not one” segregationist statement, the county unit system, television and Vandiver, Vandiver’s stewardship as governor, the desegregation of UGA, the Sibley Commission, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s release from jail, Vandiver’s aborted 1966 governor campaign, and Vandiver’s failed 1972 run for Senate.






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Peter Zack Geer and Hal Henderson, “Interview with Peter Zack Geer, Part 1, November 3, 1993,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,