At the age of twelve, Thomas Pryor Gore (1870-1949) began his political involvement by serving as a page in the Mississippi state senate. Although he had been blinded by two childhood accidents, Gore never let his disability interfere with his dream--to become a United States senator. After receiving his law degree, he became a popular stump speaker on the behalf of the People's (or Populist) Party. With the demise of the Populists, Gore rejoined the Democratic Party although he retained many of the Populist's principles. Gore came to Oklahoma Territory in 1901 and served in the territorial legislature. When Oklahoma was admitted to the union in 1907, Gore became one of the new state's first United States Senators. His first term was only for one year, but he was reelected for two full terms. Although he lost his renomination bid in 1920, he remained active in the political arena. He served one more term in the Senate from 1931-1937. The senator was the grandfather of writer Gore Vidal.
The materials in the Gore Collection are mainly from the 1930s and 1940s and generally cover his post-Senate years. Many of the items document those things that were of interest to Gore throughout his life. Topics include national and Oklahoma politics, Indian affairs, economics, and World War II. Because of his reputation as a nationally renowned orator, Gore kept detailed speech files. These files cover Gore's entire public career with the earliest one dated in 1888.
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A folder-level inventory contains more detailed information on the collection. It can be accessed through the box list below.
For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.
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