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Walter D. Myers oral history, 1970-1971.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI OH016 (Text) 926368-1001 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 1 transcript 1 reel-to-reel tape

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2006/03 by Christina Baich. Finding aid updated 2015/11/06 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note:
The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.:
The collection contains the reel-to-reel tape and transcript of interviews with Walter D. Myers conducted by Randall Jehs on December 14, 1970 and January 20, 1971. In the first interview (p. 1-40), Myers discusses why he entered the political arena, his experiences as an attorney for the city and state and city departments, Thomas Taggart, the Federal Reserve Act, his involvement in the American Legion, the Warner Brothers company, Stought Fletcher, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jim Farley, running for Mayor of Indianapolis, and D.C. Stephenson. In the second interview (p. 41-71), Myers discusses his attempt to run for the U.S. Senate in 1928, Paul McNutt, running for the Indiana House of Representatives, his book, Red Skelton, Thomas Taggart, the Ku Klux Klan, Albert Beveridge, the American Legion, various Indiana political figures, how Indiana changed over his lifetime, and the Balls of Muncie, Indiana.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Walter D. Myers oral history, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Indiana State Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library. Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Walter Dennis Myers was born on December 19, 1882, in Rye Township, Perry County, Pennsylvania. He received an A.B. degree from Yale University in 1905 and an LL.B. from Indiana University in 1907. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1907 and began practicing law in Indianapolis. On June 3, 1913, Myers married Katharine Lyons with whom he had three children, Walter, Jr., Joseph, and Kitty. From 1913 to 1937, Myers served in a variety of public offices including attorney for the Safety, Public Health, Park and Sanitary Boards of Indiana; assistant city attorney; Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives (1931-1933); and special counsel to a U.S. Senate Committee (1936-1937). In 1940, he was appointed Fourth Assistant Postmaster General by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Myers was very active in Democratic politics serving a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920, 1924, and 1928. When FDR was up for the vice-presidential nomination, Myers delivered one of the nominating speeches at the National Convention. He ran for Mayor of Indianapolis in 1925 as an anti-Ku Klux Klan candidate, but was defeated by John L. Duvall. In 1928, he ran for the United States Senate, but was again defeated. In addition to his career of public service, Walter Myers was also an author. He wrote a number of articles and law books including The 'Guv': A Tale of Midwest Law and Politics. Myers died on August 4, 1973.
Subject: Myers, Walter D. (Walter Dennis), 1882-1973.
Taggart, Thomas, 1856-1929.
Fletcher, Stoughton A., 1879-1957.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976.
Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966.
Beveridge, Albert J. (Albert Jeremiah), 1862-1927.
McNutt, Paul V. (Paul Vories), 1891-1955.
Ball family.
United States. Post Office Department.
American Legion.
Indiana. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Lawyers > Indiana > Indianapolis.
Legislators > Indiana.
Indiana > Politics and government.

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