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Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

James K. Libbey


Born in humble, rural surroundings in the Jackson Purchase, Barkley grew into a sturdy youth who received an education through parental sacrifices. He graduated from Marvin College as an award-winning speaker and soon moved with his parents to Paducah, where he read law and became an attorney. Barkley entered politics winning elections as county attorney and then county judge: he gained victory through his farmer constituents. In 1913 he moved from courthouse to Congress as a progressive who championed President Wilson’s New Freedom program. During World War I, he favored freedom of the seas t ... More

Keywords: Jackson Purchase, Marvin College, county politician, New Freedom, prohibition, Inter-Parliamentary Union, New Deal, Senate majority leader, Veep, autobiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813167138
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James K. Libbey, author