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Matthew Connelly Oral History Interviews

Matthew J. Connelly  

Oral History Interviews with
Matthew Connelly

Chief investigator for the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program (the Truman Committee), 1941-44, Executive Assistant to Senator and Vice President Truman, July 1944-April 1945; and Appointments Secretary to the President, 1945-53.
Interview Transcripts
November 28, 1967 | November 30, 1967 | August 21, 1968
By Jerry N. Hess
[Notices and Restrictions | List of Subjects Discussed]


Notice
These are transcripts of tape-recorded interviews conducted for the Harry S. Truman Library. A draft of each transcript was edited by the interviewee but only minor emendations were made; therefore, the reader should remember that these are essentially transcripts of the spoken, rather than the written word.

Numbers appearing in square brackets (ex. [45]) within the transcript indicate the pagination in the original, hardcopy version of the oral history interview.

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 List of Subjects Discussed

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X-Y-Z

    Abels, Jules, 137, 293
    Acheson, Dean, 391, 395

      cabinet member for Harry S. Truman, 330-331
    Adams, Sherman, 128
    Air Corps, 38, 39
    Air Force, 223
    Alabama, 1, 7, 8
    Albany, Indiana, 36
    Alcoa Company, 51-52
    Allen, George, 94-95, 102, 103, 107, 122, 123, 150
      in the administration of Harry S. Truman, 242-244
    Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), 51-52
    Amberg, Julius H., 26, 27
    American Federation of Labor (AFL), 104-105
    American Legion, 344
    American Overseas Air Line, 443, 444, 446
    American Trust and Banking Company, 196
    Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 276
      Truman, Harry S., attitude toward, 428-429
    Anderson, Clinton P. J. 370
    Anderson, Howard S., 306
    Anderson, Jack, 440
    Andrews, Russell P., 215
    Ansberry, Peter, 56-57
    Argentina, 284
    Arizona, 65
    Arlington National Cemetery, 398
    Army Camps, construction of:
      Connelly, Matthew J., investigates, 32-37
      Truman, Harry S., investigates, 29
    Arvey, Jacob M. (Jake), 275
    Associated Gas and Electric Company, 18
    Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), 46, 398
    Ayers, Eben, 185-186

    Ball, Senator Joseph, H., 67
    Baltimore, Maryland, 395
    Baltimore Sun, 183
    Barkley, Vice President Alben W., 77, 81, 82, 166, 167, 225, 272, 417, 422

      and the Democratic National Convention, 1948, 276-279
      Democratic National Convention, 1952, difficulties with delegates, 418-419
    Barnes, James M., 188-189
    Barrows, Roberta, on staff of Harry S. Truman, 250-252
    Barry, Francis (Frank), 306
    Batt, William L., Jr., 292
    Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, 103
    Bell, David E., 155, 209-211, 302, 426
    Bethesda Navy Hospital, 343
    Biddle, Francis, 357-358
    Biffle, Leslie, 227, 277, 418-419, 421, 422
    Big Four Powers, 223, 224, 227-228
    Bilbo, Senator Theodore, 391
    Birkhead, Kenneth, 292
    Bixler, Catherine, 139, 141
    Blair-Lee House, 173, 395, 398, 400, 420, 437
    B'nai B'rith, 430
    Boston, Massachusetts, 105, 110, 387
    Boyle, William M., Jr., 11, 43, 86-87, 139, 292, 295, 307, 408
    Bradley, General Omar N., 400-401
    Brandt, Pete, 172
    Brannan, Charles F., 290
      as Cabinet member for Harry S. Truman, 370-372
    Brannan Plan, 371-372
    Bray, William J. (Bill), 299-300
      Truman, Harry S., on staff of, 215-218
    Brazil, 289
    Brewster, Senator Owen, 17, 23, 49, 69-71
    Bridges, Senator Styles, 72, 451, 452
    Brightman, Sam, 410
    Brown, Tillie, 175
    Brown, Wilson, 232, 236
    Brownell, Herbert, 451
    Bruce, James, 289
    Budget Bureau, 203, 210, 352
    Burton, Harold, 72-73
    Byrnes, James F., 97, 373, 431, 433-434
      Truman, Harry S., in Cabinet of, 327-329

    Cadillac Square, (Detroit), 104, 105, 280, 309, 311, 355
    California, University of, 265-266
    Campaign Expenditures, the Gillette Committee to Investigate, 16, 57
    Canfil, Fred A., 14

      Truman Committee, investigates the Hanford, Washington, Plant, 75-77
    Cannon, Clarence, 7
    Canol project, 40, 82
    Carey, Idaho, 263-264
    Carton Hotel (Washington, DC), 266
    Carr, Albert, 295, 296-297
    Carroll, John A., 228
    Carter, John Franklin, 295, 297
    Casey, Joseph, 275
    Chandler. Albert B., investigation of the swimming pool of, 77-82
    Chandler, Mrs. Albert B., 80
    Chapman, Oscar, 261, 291, 416
      Truman, Harry S., in the Cabinet of, 368-369
    Chicago American, 107
    Chicago, Illinois, 2, 7, 91, 101, 106, 275, 280, 285, 328, 387, 410, 418, 422
    Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), 83, 443, 446
    Civil rights, 291-292
      Truman, Harry S.;
    Civil War, 29-30
    Clark, Bennett, 138
    Clark, Charles Patrick, 5, 9, 13, 22, 31, 42, 46, 50, 56, 60 Clark, Tom C., 162, 164, 358
    Clayton, William C., 390
    Cleveland, Mississippi, 391, 392
    Clifford, Clark, 150-151, 153, 155, 157, 158, 160, 167, 168, 194, 199, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 211, 214, 236,
      Israel, involvement in the recognition of, 383, 384, 385-386
      TransWorld Airlines (TWA), as a lawyer for, 443-444
      Truman, Harry S.:
    Cole, William S., 17
    Collett, John Caskie, 245
    Colorado, 229
    Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures, 5, 7, 16
    Congress, Eightieth, 273-275
    Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), 104-105, 430
    Congressional liaison during the Truman Administration, 221-229
    Connally, Senator Tom, 65, 149
    Connelly, Matthew J., 6, 12-13, 15, 102, 293, 294
      Appointments Secretary, duties as, 129-130
      Army camp construction, investigates, 32-37
      Cabinet meetings, duties at, 130, 131-132
      campaign expenditures, involved in the investigation of, 5, 7
      Chandler, Albert B., swimming pool of, investigated by Connelly, 77-82
      charges against, a discussion of, 448-452
      clipping file of, 304-305
      Committees in Congress, serves on, 6-8
      Democratic National Committee, discusses the various chairmen of, 403-410
      Kelley Nash machine in Chicago, investigates, 7
      MacArthur, Douglas, a discussion of the dismissal of, 399-401
      non-political trip of June 1948, duties during, 261
      Presidency, ideas for changing the, 437
      Presidential election of 1944, part played in, 102
      Presidential election of 1948:
        election evening activities of, 306-308
        Truman, Harry S., a discussion of his confidence in winning, 308-310, 311-313
      relief programs for Washington, D. C., an investigation of, 6-7
      Roosevelt, Franklin D., learns of the death of, 124, 125-126
      State Department, a discussion of, 380-383
      Truman, Harry S.:
        assassination attempt on, 397-399
        congressional liaison for, 222-224
        evaluation of, 440
        executive assistant to, 115-116
        first meeting with Connelly, 1-3
        influence on Connelly, 411-413
        Postmaster General position, offers to Connelly, 314-316
        in Presidential campaign, 1944, accompanied by Connelly, 102
        Presidential election, 1948, confident of victory in, 308-310, 311-313
        staff of, Connelly reports jealousies among, 441-443
        Vice Presidential campaign, assisted by Connelly, 85
      and Truman Committee, 8-9
      and Vinson, Fred M., comments on the proposed mission of, 302-304
      and Willow Run Plant, investigates, 37-39
    Constitution Hall, 179
    Cox Broadcasting Company, 147
    Cox Enterprises, 176
    Cox, James, 176
    Currie, Lauchlin, 189
    Curtiss Wright Corporation, 40, 82-83
    Farley, James, 215, 216
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 47, 48, 248
    Federal Power Commission, 67
    Feeney, Joseph, 221, 228
    Feinberg, Abraham, 195-196, 197-198
    Ferguson, Senator Homer, 37, 73-74
    Finletter, Thomas K., 356-357
    Fitzgerald, James, 219
    Flynn, Ed, 95
    Ford Motor Company, 37
    Forrestal, James, 130, 344, 354
      Truman, Harry S., as a Cabinet member for, 340-343
    Fort Davis, North Carolina, 32
    Fort Stewart, Georgia, 32, 33<