Ralph F. Gates oral history
Scope and Contents
Gates discusses his family and childhood; his political views; Indiana Republican politics and his involvement; practicing law; the Ku Klux Klan; the American Legion; and running for Governor and his term in office. He also talks about Albert Beveridge, Arch Bobbitt, Homer Capehart, Henry Schricker, Henry Wallace, James E. Watson, Wendell Willkie, and various other Indiana political figures.
- Gates, Ralph F. (Ralph Fesler), 1893-1978 (Interviewee, Person)
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In 1944, Gates was elected Governor of Indiana, the first Republican to hold that office since 1928. During his term, he created departments to deal with revenue problems, flood control, veteran’s affairs, and traffic safety. After leaving office in 1949, he returned to his Columbia City law practice. His son and daughter joined the practice and he remained active in the firm until 1974. Gates served one term each as Columbia City Attorney and Whitley County Attorney (appointed 1922). In addition to his legal activities, he served as Indiana Commander of the American Legion, Republican Party District Chairman (1926-1941), Chairman of the Indiana State Republican Central Committee (1941-1944), and a national committeeman of the Republican Party. He died on July 28, 1978.
Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates. Indiana Historical Bureau. 12 May 2006.
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Who’s Who and What’s What in Indiana Politics. Indianapolis: James E. Perry, 1944.
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- American Legion
- Beveridge, Albert J. (Albert Jeremiah), 1862-1927
- Capehart, Homer E. (Homer Earl) 1897-1979
- Columbia City (Ind.)
- Indiana -- Politics and government
- Indiana -- Social life and customs
- Indiana. Office of the Governor
- Ku Klux Klan (1915-)
- Oral history interviews
- Politicians -- Indiana
- Politics and government
- Reel-to-reel audiotapes
- Republican Party (Ind.)
- Schricker, Henry F. (Henry Fredrick)
- Sullivan, Reginald Hall, 1876-1980
- Watson, James E. (James Eli), 1863-1948
- Whitley County (Ind.)
- Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944
- World War, 1914-1918
- Ralph F. Gates oral history
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