Charles McNary speech accepting vice presidential nomination

Charles McNary speech accepting vice presidential nomination [Sound Recording 01]

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SR 1182

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Charles McNary speech accepting vice presidential nomination


  • 1940-08-27 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet 1 audiocassette (29 min., 2 sec.)

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Charles Linza McNary was born in Salem, Oregon, in 1874. He attended Willamette University. He then studied law at Stanford University, but returned to Oregon in 1897 before graduating. In 1898, he passed the bar and practiced law with his brother, John McNary, in Salem. He began teaching property law at Willamette University, serving as dean of the college from 1908 to 1913. In his career, he also held several governmental positions, beginning with Marion County deputy recorder from 1892 to 1896. He was appointed deputy district attorney by his brother, John, and served from 1904 to 1911. Governor Oswald West appointed him to the Oregon Supreme Court in 1913, and in 1916, he was elected to chair the Republican State Committee. He then represented Oregon in the United States Senate from 1917 to 1944, serving as minority leader from 1933 to 1944. McNary was also a vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 1940, running alongside Wendell Willkie.

McNary married twice. He and Jessie Breyman were married in 1902; she died in an automobile collision in 1918. In 1923, he and Cornelia Woodburn Morton were married, and they later adopted one child. McNary died in 1944.

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This speech was given by Charles McNary in Salem, Oregon, on August 27, 1940. In the speech, McNary accepts the nomination of the Republican Party for the office of vice president. He praises the policies and personality of the Republican presidential candidate, Wendell Willkie. He also discusses the New Deal and expounds upon Willkie’s plans to change the direction of the country. He shares the history of Oregon, describing its people, landscape, and resources, particularly the emigrants who came across the Oregon Trail. McNary discusses the factors that have affected the American economy in the early 20th century and touches upon the Republican plan to improve the economy, particularly for farmers, and how the plan differs from the programs of the New Deal. He speaks at length about the Republican Party platform of 1940, and the looming specter of World War II.

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Charles McNary speech to the 1940 Republican National Convention, SR 1182, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Handwritten index (2 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Updated July 28, 2020, to correct the date and location of the speech.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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