Interview with Ellis Arnall, Part 1, February 21, 1986

Collection: Series I. Ellis G. Arnall

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Ellis Arnall interviewed by Hal Henderson. Arnall discusses his family history, talks about his first political race for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1932, and Arnall's relationship with Eugene Talmadge. He talks about his tenure in Georgia House of Representatives, including his election to Speaker pro tempore in 1933, his relationship with Ed Rivers and Roy Harris, the sales tax issue, the three-dollar vehicle license tag issue, and legislation introduced in Georgia House of Representatives during his tenure there. Arnall discusses his views on United States democracy and the democratic process, his appointment to special assistant state attorney general in 1935, his leadership style versus Eugene Talmadge’s leadership style, the economy and the Great Depression, the New Deal, his election to attorney general in 1940, the Cocking affair, his decision to run for governor in 1941, and his relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt. Arnall also discusses his experiences campaigning for governor during the time of the county unit system and the poll tax and his opinion on women on juries.






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Ellis G. Arnall and Hal Henderson, “Interview with Ellis Arnall, Part 1, February 21, 1986,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 14, 2024,