Series SR 1336 - Oral history interview with Jim Towey

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SR 1336

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Oral history interview with Jim Towey

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  • 1988-06-02 - 1988-06-02 (Creation)

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.1 cubic feet 4 audiocassettes (3 hr., 45 min., 38 sec.)

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(1956-)

Biographical history

Harry James "Jim" Towey II (1956- ) was born in Indiana. He served as an aide to Senator Mark Hatfield 1982-1988. He also served as legal counsel to Mother Teresa, 1985-1997, secretary for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, 1993-1995, led the non-profit Aging with Dignity, 1996-2002, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. 2002-2006, President of St. Vincent College, 2006-2010, and is currently President and CEO of Ave Maria University.

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This oral history interview with Jim Towey was conducted by Jim Strassmaier on June 2, 1988. In this interview, Towey discusses his family background and early life in Jacksonville, Florida, including his Catholic upbringing. He talks about studying law at Florida State University, including working summer jobs and playing basketball. He then discusses his decision to forgo the practice of law and instead follow a spiritual calling to Washington, D.C. He describes how he came to be part of U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield's staff in 1982; his duties as a legislative assistant and later legislative director; and some of the other members of the senator's staff. Towey relates a few anecdotes regarding Hatfield's personality and spirituality. Using abortion legislation as an example, he describes the way the staff would engage with Hatfield on specific legislation and how the senator made decisions. He also describes working on improving conditions for refugees and the abuses he witnessed, as well as his feelings on President Ronald Reagan's agenda in general. Towey speaks at length about a real estate scandal during Hatfield's 1984 re-election campaign and how they dealt with it. He closes the interview by discussing Hatfield's spiritual life.

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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 Willamette University. Use is allowed according to the following license: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Jim Towey, by Jim Strassmaier, SR 1336, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Forms part of the Senator Mark O. Hatfield Oral History Project.

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Incomplete transcript (99 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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