Oral history interview with Wayne Morse

Oral history interview with Wayne Morse [Sound Recording 01]

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SR 779

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Oral history interview with Wayne Morse


  • 1967 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet 1 audiocassette (19 min., 32 sec.)

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Wayne Lyman Morse was born in Verona, Wisconsin, in 1900. He attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in speech and economics in 1923 and his master of arts degree in speech in 1924. He and Mildred "Midge" Downie were married that same year. He then taught speech at the University of Minnesota while studying law. After earning a law degree in 1928, he taught law at the University of Oregon Law School beginning in 1929. He was named dean of the university in 1931. He was later tapped by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration for a number of jobs, including as a board member for the National War Labor Board. He entered politics in 1944 when he ran for the United States Senate, serving from 1945 to 1968. He was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War, casting one of only two votes against the 1964 Tonkin Gulf resolution. He died in 1974.

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This interview with Wayne Morse was conducted by William Plymat for the World Peace Broadcasting Foundation in November 1967. The interview was originally distributed on a disposable plastic 33.3 rpm disc as a thank-you for a donation to the World Peace Broadcasting Foundation of "a dollar or more." In the interview, Morse discusses his opposition to the war in Vietnam.

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright held by the World Peace Broadcasting Foundation. In Copyright: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Wayne Morse, by William Plymat, SR 779, 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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