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Thurman Whitson correspondence

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2016-0571

Content Description

Thurman Whitson was a prominent citizen of Putnam County, Tennessee. He was a fourth generation Putnam Countian. He was an active force in business, civic and Democratic Party politics. He served as the chairman of the Putnam County Democratic Party and served as a delegate from the 4th district to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1956. His political activities brought him the honorary title of Tennessee Colonel and Texas Colonel. He was also made an honorary citizen of Nashville, Tennessee. He was a staunch supporter of Tennessee Technological University, and was instrumental in lobbying in the state legislature for funds to establish the university. There are 32 letters, one certificate from the state of Texas, one political ad, an invitation to a presidential inauguration, a photocopy of a newspaper article and a Democratic bulletin. Included are letters from Lyndon Baines Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Frank G. Clement, Estes Kefauver, Joe L. Evins, Adlai E. Stevenson and other prominent citizens.

Acquisition Type

Gift

Restrictions Apply

Yes

Dates

  • 1954 - 1977

Extent

32 Sheets

Inventory

1 folder containing 32 letters