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John A. Sibley Speech

John A. Sibley Speech

Descriptive Summary

Title: John A. Sibley Speech
Creator: Sibley, John Adams, 1888-1986.
Inclusive Dates: 1932
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: RBRL125JAS
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The collection consists of one transcript of a speech made by John A. Sibley on WSB radio (Atlanta, Ga.) on September 12, 1932. The speech was in support of Richard B. Russell, Jr.'s senatorial campaign.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

1932 Georgia Gubernatorial campaignIn 1932, former Georgia governor Richard B. Russell, Jr. ran against a veteran Georgia member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Charles R. Crisp, for William J. Harris' expired seat in the U.S. Senate. The Russell-Crisp campaign turned out to be long and bitter. Russell attacked Crisp's record in Washington and successfully identified him with the ruinous policies that had led to the Great Depression. He also accused Crisp of being aligned with the "power trust" and other representatives of "special privilege." In contrast, Russell presented himself as being "the champion of the masses." He did have the support of most farmers and of organized labor, and he spoke in every part of the state and aired his views in radio talks. His personal friends, once again, did yeoman service on his behalf. Despite most early predictions that he could not defeat Crisp, and opposition from many major newspapers including the Atlanta Constitution, Russell decisively whipped Crisp by winning some 58 percent of the popular vote and getting a higher percentage of the county unit votes.

Among the prominent Georgia citizens who supported Russell in the Senate race was one of Atlanta's leading attorneys John A. Sibley.

John A. SibleyJohn Adams Sibley (1888-1986) was born on a farm in Baldwin County, Georgia to James Longstreet (1863-1945) and Mattie Erwin Sibley (1862-1930). He graduated from Georgia Military College in 1904, and farmed for a few years on property he purchased from his father. He decided to pursue a career in law, attended the University of Georgia, and obtained his LL.B. degree in 1911. He returned to Milledgeville to practice law with his brother, Erwin Sibley. John Sibley married Nettie Whitaker Cone (d. 1934) on November 25, 1914 with whom he had four children. In 1918, Sibley was invited to join the law firm of King and Spalding in Atlanta where he attracted national attention as an attorney in the case of Coca-Cola Company vs. Coca-Cola Bottling Company. He eventually became general counsel to the Coca-Cola Company. Seeking the independence of a private law practice, he returned to King and Spalding where he specialized in corporate law. After the death of his first wife in 1934, Sibley married Barbara Sanford Thayer in 1937 with whom he also had four children.

In 1946, Sibley left King and Spalding to become chairman of the board and president of the Trust Company of Georgia. He guided the bank through post-World War II growth and remained there until his retirement in 1959. He became Honorary Chairman in 1963, a position he held until his death.

In 1960, he was appointed Chairman of the General Assembly Committee on Schools, a committee that became known as the Sibley Commission. The committee was instrumental in the peaceful transition to integration of Georgia's public schools. Sibley also became immersed in numerous civic, charitable, and educational programs. He served on the board of directors of a number of major corporations including the Georgia Power Company, U.S. Rayonier, the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railroad, and West Point Manufacturing Company. His contributions to leadership in education have been recognized by his service as chairman of the board of trustees of the Berry Schools, and trustee of Agnes Scott College, the Lovett School, the Rabun Gap-Nachoochee School, and others. He has also served as honorary chairman of United Appeal (later United Way) and the Egleston Hospital for Children. [Biographical note courtesy of Emory University Libraries]

Sibley died in 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a verbatim copy of a radio speech made on September 12, 1932 by John A. Sibley in behalf of Senator Richard B. Russell's candidacy for the Senate. Also included is a photocopy of the speech as it appeared in the Atlanta Journal.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John A. Sibley Speech, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Note

The speech was copied onto bond paper for preservation.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2008.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Crisp, Charles Robert, 1870-1937
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
Sibley, John Adams, 1888-1986.
United States. Congress -- Elections, 1932.

Related Collections in Other Repositories

John A. Sibley Papers, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University Libraries

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1copy of a radio speech made by John A. Sibley in behalf of Senator Richard B. Russell's candidacy for the Senate, September 12, 1932