[Lamar Alexander Taking Oath of Office at Early Swearing In]

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Creation: 1979-01-17

Corruption at the highest level of state office forced Governor-elect Lamar Alexander to make a difficult decision—to take office early and risk the appearance of a coup, leading to four years of struggle with a democratic house. If he did not act, Governor Blanton might have released more murderers and convicts. The country was still reeling from the Watergate scandal, and President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon in September 1974 was still fresh in the minds of Americans. The nation watched closely as Alexander assumed command of the state over a tense four-day period and Tennessee progressed from crisis to celebration.

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[Lamar Alexander Taking Oath of Office at Early Swearing In]

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Date

Creation: 1979-01-17

Description

Corruption at the highest level of state office forced Governor-elect Lamar Alexander to make a difficult decision—to take office early and risk the appearance of a coup, leading to four years of struggle with a democratic house. If he did not act, Governor Blanton might have released more murderers and convicts. The country was still reeling from the Watergate scandal, and President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon in September 1974 was still fresh in the minds of Americans. The nation watched closely as Alexander assumed command of the state over a tense four-day period and Tennessee progressed from crisis to celebration.

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Copyright; licensed to Vanderbilt University courtesy of The Tennessean

Format

Black-and-white photographs

Source

MSS0734, Alexander Papers, Photographs series

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Citation

“[Lamar Alexander Taking Oath of Office at Early Swearing In],” Gallery, accessed September 22, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/958.