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Alben BarkleyA Life in Politics$
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James K. Libbey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167138

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.001.0001

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Barkley’s Reconciliation with His Roots

Barkley’s Reconciliation with His Roots

(p.31) 3 Barkley’s Reconciliation with His Roots
Alben Barkley

James K. Libbey

University Press of Kentucky

Barkley followed his parents to Paducah and read law in the offices of first Charles K. Wheeler and then John K. Hendrick. To earn money he learned stenography to take depositions and then became a court reporter. He passed the bar exam but kept the court reporter position since it gave him a stipend that vaulted him into the middle class. He joined many organizations, delivered frequent speeches, took a summer law course at the University of Virginia, and dated and married Dorothy Brower. The couple had three children. Demonstrating great strength and endurance, Barkley ran for and won the elected post of county attorney owing to his close attachment to the county’s farmers, who overwhelmingly supported him.

Keywords:   Barkley and family, Charles K. Wheeler, John K. Hendrick, stenographer, court reporter, University of Virginia, Dorothy Brower, county attorney

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