Tape 6, Side 1. This oral history interview with Richard H. Jones was conducted by Jim Strassmaier from December 11, 1987, to January 13, 1988. In this interview, Jones discusses his family background and early life in Colorado, including his early education. He then discusses his memories of the Depression and coming to the West Coast to accept a teaching job at Stanford University in 1938. He then talks about teaching history at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and becoming acquainted with Mark Hatfield and Gerry Frank. He discusses his involvement in Hatfield’s 1958 campaign for Oregon governor. He discusses appointments Hatfield made as governor, and the increasing conservatism of the Republican Party. He also talks about the differences and similarities between Mark Hatfield and Tom McCall. He describes Hatfield’s accomplishments as governor, including on education; Hatfield’s relationship with the state Legislature; and the attempt to revise the Oregon constitution in the early 1960s. He discusses Hatfield’s involvement with national Republican politics in the 1960s, particularly his involvement in the Goldwater and Nixon presidential campaigns. He also talks about Hatfield’s opposition to the Vietnam War, and how his own views aligned with Hatfield’s; his involvement with Hatfield’s senatorial campaigns; and Hatfield’s relationship with U.S. Senator Bob Packwood. He closes the interview by discussing Hatfield’s support for the National Rifle Association.
Jones, Richard H. (Richard Hutton), 1914-1998