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Oral History #OH0021

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Title: John Davis Larkins, Jr., Oral History Interview
Creators: Larkins, John Davis, 1909-1990
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.06 Cubic feet, 12 audiocasettes, 14.25 hours, 301 pages.

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General note

1909-1975

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Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

John Davis Larkins, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0021), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of John Davis Larkins, Jr.,

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  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Judge Larkins has served as U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of N.C. since 1961. Previously he was a practicing attorney, state senator, president pro-tem of the senate, secretary of the N.C. Democratic Executive Committee, chairman of the N.C. Democratic Executive Committee, Democratic National Committeeman, and candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor of N.C.

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The interviews provide an in-depth account of Judge Larkin's life and career. Included are commentaries on local activities in Jones County, N.C.; local and state politics (1935-1960); World War II; the 1960 gubernatorial campaign; N.C. political personalities; federal courts; and his philosophy of the court. On judicial matters he discusses the rights of the accused, appeals procedures, equal justice, school integration, and interesting cases in which he has been involved. For related material see Collection #78 and Mf. 24.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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