John W. Greer oral history interview, 1987 May 27.

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Greer, John W., 1909-. John W. Greer oral history interview, 1987 May 27.

John W. Greer oral history interview, 1987 May 27.

The collection consists of an oral history interview with John W. Greer on May 27, 1987 in which he discusses Jim Gillis and the Georgia highway department paving in Lanier County; "two mile" Jim Gillis; the power of the highway department; amending the highway department; roads; Cocking affair; Talmadge's influence; Greer as an anti-Talmadge candidate; E.D. Rivers-Eugene Talmadge rivalry; Talmadge and the University of Georgia; the Georgia Board of Regents; George Hamilton and Talmadge; the power of the state treasurer; the rivalry between comptroller general and the treasurer; George Hamilton; Talmadge faction; Zack Cravey as comptroller general; the Talmadge group: Frank Twitty, Fred Hand, Al Henson; Roy Harris as a Rivers man; Harris' knowledge of Georgia politics; intra-county power struggles; and personality politics.

1 audiotape ; cassette.

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