Series SR 1210 - Oral history interview with John P. Bledsoe

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SR 1210

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Oral history interview with John P. Bledsoe

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  • 1989-01-13 - 1989-03-10 (Creation)

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.1 cubic feet 10 audiocassettes (9 hr., 52 min., 8 sec.)

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John Perry Bledsoe was born in Arkansas in 1921. He attended the University of Arkansas, earning his bachelor's degree in 1941. He then enrolled at Harvard Law School, but his studies were interrupted by his naval service during World War II; he served in Africa and in the Pacific Theater. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Harvard Law School, graduating in 1948. He met Helen Wieman while at Harvard, and they married in 1948; they later had five children. After their marriage, they moved to Portland, Oregon, where Bledsoe began practicing law. He was an attorney for Spears, Lubersky, Campbell & Bledsoe in Portland; the firm is now known as Lane Powell. He died in 2011.

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This oral history interview with John P. Bledsoe was conducted by Donna Delo at Bledsoe's office in Portland, Oregon, from January 13 to March 10, 1989. In this interview, Bledsoe discusses his family background and early life in Pocahontas, Arkansas, including a description of a childhood game he played called "Jumper Down"; the law and judicial career of his father, John Louis Bledsoe; and his early education and social life. He also talks about his experience during the Depression. He then discusses his college life at the University of Arkansas and at Harvard Law School. He also discusses his Navy service during World War II, which interrupted his law studies. He also briefly talks about his wife, Helen Wieman, and their five children. He then describes his law career in Portland, at the offices of Spears, Lubersky, Campbell & Bledsoe. He discusses his clients and cases he tried, including corporate cases involving the Oregon Journal and the Pacific Gas Transmission Company. He also talks about a trip he took to Iran with a client in the 1970s. He briefly describes each of the lawyers he worked with at his firm, as well as some of the judges he argued before. He also talks about his hobbies and involvement with social organizations, including the Arlington Club. He closes the interview by talking about the changes he's seen in society over the 20th century, his heroes, and advice for aspiring lawyers.

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Collection is open for research.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright – Educational Use Permitted, http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with John P. Bledsoe, by Donna Delo, SR 1210, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Forms part of the United States District Court Oral History Project.

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Incomplete transcript (183 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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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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