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M.E. Thompson Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-27
Scope and Contents Melvin Thompson, the first person elected to the office of lieutenant governor of Georgia, served as the state's governor in 1947-48. He is best remembered for his fight with Herman Talmadge over the governorship after the death of Governor-elect Eugene Talmadge in 1946. The papers of M.E. Thompson consist primarily of correspondence relating to the Three Governors Controversy and Thompson’s subsequent campaign years.  The major correspondents include Jimmy Carter, Phil Landrum, Herman...
Dates: 1947-1980; Other: Majority of material found in 1947, 1954, 1956

Box 10: 1954 Campaign for Governor, 1954

 Box — Box: 10
Collection number: Box 10
Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence relating to M.E. Thompson’s campaign for governor. Also included are newspaper clippings, speeches, “while you were out” slips, and numerous bills and receipts. Moreover, this box contains Thompson’s announcement of candidacy. In addition, there are names of many Thompson supporters.

Dates: 1954

Paid Bills, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 1
Collection number: Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Bills and receipts for utilities, transportation, office equipment, hotel stays, radio services, and an insurance policy can be found in this folder. In addition, there is a letter notifying Thompson of a donation to his campaign.

Dates: Created: 1954

Political File-Paid Bills, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 2
Collection number: Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Numerous bills paid to Valdosta Letter Service that detail the number of letters and envelopes sent for Thompson’s campaign. Also, there is a bill from Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company that was paid by Thompson’s personal account.

Dates: Created: 1954

Press Releases, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 3
Collection number: Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Press releases to many Georgia radio stations concerning Thompson’s desire for continued school segregation, free roads, and no new taxes, as well as, events planned for his arrival to numerous towns and cities. Also included is a newspaper article about the Governor’s Race.

Dates: Created: 1954

Receipts, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 4
Collection number: Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Receipts included are for hotel stays, transportation, a new Ford truck, office supplies, letter services, and telegraphs for Thompson’s campaign. In addition, there is a list of newspapers from around the state of Georgia and the monies owed to them. Also included are letters to Thompson and a list of names from the Department of Revenue.

Dates: Created: 1954

Replies, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 5
Collection number: Folder 5
Scope and Contents

The letter included is to D.F. Lynch about Thompson’s political platform.

Dates: Created: 1954

1954 Seniors, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 6
Collection number: Folder 6
Scope and Contents

Several lists are included of 1954 high school seniors from various high schools around the state.

Dates: Created: 1954

Solicitation, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 7
Collection number: Folder 7
Scope and Contents

Included are numerous lists of people to solicit for support. Also, there are countless letters of solicitation for campaign support. In addition, there are a couple of newspaper articles concerning Herman Talmadge, politics in Florida, and Thompson meeting with Representative Charles Gowen in Dalton, Georgia.

Dates: Created: 1954

D.R. Tanner, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 8
Collection number: Folder 8
Scope and Contents

In this folder are lists of Georgia counties and Thompson supporters in those counties. Also, included is D.R. Tanner’s opinion of Thompson support in these places and whether it will be hard to gain votes there.

Dates: Created: 1954

Speeches, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 9
Collection number: Folder 9
Scope and Contents

Speeches having to do with M.E. Thompson’s political platform are included.

Dates: Created: 1954

Telegrams, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 10
Collection number: Folder 10
Scope and Contents

Included in this folder are telegrams of support, arrival times, public services, his platform, and instructions for his campaign workers. Additionally, there are telegrams having to do with the Homestead Exemption Law and an invitation to one of his speeches.

Dates: Created: 1954

Telephone, 1954

 File — Box: 10, Folder: 11
Collection number: Folder 11
Scope and Contents

Countless “While You Were Out” slips with the names of people Thompson needed to call back and where they were from.

Dates: Created: 1954