McCall, Tom, 1913-1983

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Tom Lawson McCall (1913-1983) was a journalist and television commentator who served Oregon as Secretary of State (1965-1967) and as one of its most prominent Governors (1967-1975). He focused on quality of life issues, such as the Bottle Bill, cleaning up industrial water pollution, and preserving public access to Oregon's beaches. He hosted a national governor's conference during his tenure and was active in the national Republican Party.

From the description of Tom Lawson McCall Photographs Collection [graphic] 1905-1984, 1966-1975. (Oregon Historical Society Research Library). WorldCat record id: 58458370

Tom Lawson McCall was Oregon's progressive Republican governor from 1967 to 1975.

He was born March 22, 1913, in Egypt, Massachusetts and moved with his parents to Portland in 1909 and soon after to a ranch near Prineville. He graduated in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1936, and went on to work at newspapers in Moscow, Idaho, and at the Oregonian in Portland. He married Audrey Owen in 1939, and the couple had two sons. He served as a war correspondent in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then worked in broadcasting until 1964, hosting a radio talk show on Portland's station KEX. He became involved in politics as early as 1949, when he worked as Governor Thomas McKay's assistant. Although losing a senatorial seat to Edith Green in 1954, he served as Secretary of State from 1965-1967. He was elected for two terms to the governorship and served with great popularity between 1967 and 1975. His administration was known for its attention to public concerns and the quality of life in the state. He promoted strong land use laws, environmental regulations, and sought, unsuccessfully, to limit growth. After leaving office he returned to broadcast journalism and continued his environmental advocacy. In 1978 he was defeated in a bid for the governorship by Victor Atiyeh. McCall died in 1983.

From the description of Tom McCall papers, 1944-1982. (Oregon Historical Society Research Library). WorldCat record id: 54354034

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Neal, Steve,. Steve Neal photographs collection [graphic], circa 1965-1979. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Robert W. Straub Collection, 1955-1980, circa 1890-2012 Western Oregon University Archives
creatorOf McCall, Tom, 1913-1983. Tom McCall : commercials , 1966-1970. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn Oregon State University. Dept. of Journalism. Journalism Department records, 1918-1988. Oregon State University Libraries
referencedIn Walth, Brent, 1961-. Brent Walth research materials, circa 1990-1994. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Oregon State University. Extension and Experiment Station Communications. Extension and Experiment Station Communications records, 1949-1995. Oregon State University Libraries
referencedIn Oregon State University. Office of the President. President's Office photographs, 1923-1998 (bulk 1935-1995). Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf McCall, Tom, 1913-1983,. Tom Lawson McCall Photographs Collection [graphic] 1905-1984, 1966-1975. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Journalism Department Records, 1918-1988 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn McGraw, Larry. Larry McGraw papers [manuscript], 1973-1974. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960,. Neuberger Family Photographs Collection [graphic], 1893-ca. 1997, (bulk 1950-1966). Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn The Norma Paulus papers, 1953-2006, 1971-1976 Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Clark, Donald Edward, 1933- . Donald E. Clark papers [manuscript], 1963-1982. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Knight, George, 1914-2000. George Knight papers, 1955-1986 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Battaglia, Joe, 1902-1986. Papers, 1917-1980. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Bob Hope in Oregon photographic collection [graphic], circa 1919-1982. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Lueddemann, Hillman, 1895-1990. Hillman Lueddemann papers [manuscript], 1903-1995 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf McCall, Tom, 1913-1983. Tom McCall papers, 1944-1982. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Cannon, Kessler R., 1915-1986,. Kessler R. Cannon photographs collection [graphic], circa 1967-1983. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Mills, John Ainsworth, 1930-. John Ainsworth Mills family papers, 1799-2002 (bulk 1844-1965). Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Williams, Harry E., 1879-1972. Letters to the Harry E. Williams family, [manuscript], 1972-1973. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Robert Denison Holmes photographs collection [graphic], 1913. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Hillman Lueddemann papers, 1903-1995, 1940-1986 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn President's Office Photographs, 1923-1998, 1935-1995 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Photo Art Studios, photographers. Sir James McDonald photograph album [graphic], 1967. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Photograph of Oregon Governor Tom McCall, Audrey McCall, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Noyes at the Western Governors' Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming [graphic], undated. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
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associatedWith Atiyeh, Victor. person
correspondedWith Battaglia, Joe, 1902-1986. person
associatedWith Cannon, Kessler R., 1915-1986, person
associatedWith Clark, Donald Edward, 1933- . person
associatedWith Goldschmidt, Neil E., 1940- person
associatedWith Green, Edith, 1910-1987. person
associatedWith Hatfield, Mark O., 1922-2011. person
associatedWith KEX (Radio station : Portland, Or.) corporateBody
associatedWith Knight, George, 1914-2000. person
associatedWith Lawson, Thomas William, 1857-1925. person
associatedWith Lueddemann, Hillman, 1895-1990. person
associatedWith McCall, Audrey, 1916- person
associatedWith McCall, Audrey Owen. person
associatedWith McCall, Dorothy Lawson, 1888-1982. person
associatedWith McCall, Samuel W. (Samuel Walker), 1888-1982. person
correspondedWith McGraw, Larry. person
associatedWith McKay, Douglas, 1893-1959. person
associatedWith Mills, John Ainsworth, 1930- person
associatedWith Neal, Steve, person
associatedWith Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960, person
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. person
associatedWith Oregon. Governor (1967-1975 : McCall) corporateBody
associatedWith Oregon. Office of the Secretary of State. corporateBody
associatedWith Oregon State University. Dept. of Journalism. corporateBody
associatedWith Oregon State University. Dept. of Journalism. corporateBody
associatedWith Oregon State University. Extension and Experiment Station Communications. corporateBody
associatedWith Oregon State University. Office of the President. corporateBody
associatedWith Packwood, Bob. person
associatedWith Paulus, Norma person
associatedWith Portland Rose Festival. corporateBody
associatedWith Reagan, Ronald. person
associatedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979. person
associatedWith Straub, Robert W. person
associatedWith Straub, Robert W., 1920- person
associatedWith University of Oklahoma. Political Commercial Archive. corporateBody
associatedWith Walth, Brent, 1961- person
associatedWith West, Oswald, 1873-1960. person
correspondedWith Williams, Harry E., 1879-1972. person
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Oregon
Oregon
Subject
Parades
Recycling (waste, etc.)
Governors' spouses
Speeches, addresses, etc
Broadcasting
Journalists
Political Campaigns
Governor
Beaches
Television advertising
Journalists--History
Advertising, political
Occupation
Collector
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Birth 1913-03-22

Death 1983-01-08

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