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Dorothy (Dot) Padgett Letters

Dorothy (Dot) Padgett Letters

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dorothy (Dot) Padgett Letters
Creator: Betty Talmadge
Dates: 1976
Dates: 1993
Dates: 2021
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 folder(s)
Collection Number: RBRL475
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Letters from Betty Talmadge, second wife of Senator Herman Talmadge, to Dot Padgett.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Elizabeth (Betty) Talmadge of Jonesboro, GA was the second wife of Herman Talmadge and a former first lady of Georgia. She married then-Governor Talmadge in December 1941.

During her husband's time as a U.S. Senator, Mrs. Talmadge was a well-known socialite in Washington, D.C., hosting luncheons for Pat Nixon and Judy Agnew. She frequently played bridge with Ladybird Johnson.

In 1977, Senator Talmadge filed for divorce. In 1980, Betty Talmadge played a prominent role in the ethics committee hearings investigating her former husband, revealing evidence that contributed to Herman's censure by the Senate.

Mrs. Talmadge wrote two cookbooks: Betty Talmadge's Lovejoy Plantation Cookbook, published in 1983; and How to Cook a Pig and Other Back-to-the-Farm Rrecipes, which she co-wrote with Jan Robitscher and Carolyn Carter.

Mrs. Talmadge died in 2005 at the age of 81.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two letters sent by Betty Talmadge to Dot Padgett.

Organization and Arrangement

The materials are arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Dorothy (Dot) Padgett Letters from Elizabeth (Betty) Talmadge. Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Robert Lay, 2019-09-05.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

101[Letter from Betty Talmadge to Dot Padgett], June 28, 1976
102[Note from Betty Talmadge to Dot Padgett], 1993
103"Remembering Max Cleland", 2021-11-10