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Oral history interview with Tom McCall
- 1973-03-12 (Creation)
.1 cubic feet 1 audiocassette (59 min., 58 sec.)
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Thomas Lawson McCall was Oregon's progressive Republican governor from 1967 to 1975. He was born March 22, 1913, in Egypt, Massachusetts and moved with his parents to Portland in 1909 and soon after to a ranch near Prineville. He graduated in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1936, and went on to work at newspapers in Moscow, Idaho, and at the Oregonian in Portland. He married Audrey Owen in 1939, and the couple had two sons. He served as a war correspondent in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then worked in broadcasting until 1964, hosting a radio talk show on Portland's station KEX. He became involved in politics as early as 1949, when he worked as Governor Thomas McKay's assistant. Although losing a senatorial seat to Edith Green in 1954, he served as Secretary of State from 1965-1967. He was elected for two terms to the governorship and served with great popularity between 1967 and 1975. His administration was known for its attention to public concerns and the quality of life in the state. He promoted strong land use laws, environmental regulations, and sought, unsuccessfully, to limit growth. After leaving office he returned to broadcast journalism and continued his environmental advocacy. In 1978 he was defeated in a bid for the governorship by Victor Atiyeh. McCall died in 1983.
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This oral history interview with Oregon Governor Tom McCall was conducted by Steve Lorton on March 12, 1973, and was one of a number of interviews with governors of Western states on the occasion of Sunset Magazine's 75th anniversary. McCall describes his experiences in government and politics, along with challenges including growth and conservation in Oregon. He mentions members of the Oregon Legislature, including Bob Packwood, Keith Miller, Daniel Evans, Cecil Andrus, and Richard Neuberger. He also discusses legislation that was forthcoming at the time of the interview, including the Oregon Bottle Bill. He closes the interview by discussing his plans for Oregon's future.
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Collection is open for research.
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Copyright held by Sunset Publishing Co. In Copyright: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Tom McCall, by Steve Lorton, SR 298, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Incomplete transcript (10 pages) and index (3 pages) are 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.