John Davis Larkins, Jr., Oral History Interview

May 7, 1975; June 30, 1975; July 17, 1975; September 8, 1977; October 20, 1977; March 28, 1978; January 31, 1979
Oral History #OH0021
Larkins, John Davis, 1909-1990; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.06 Cubic Feet, 12 audiocasettes, 14.25 hours, 301 pages
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.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

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.

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of John Davis Larkins, Jr.,

Processing information

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Copyright notice

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

General note


Key terms
Personal Names
Larkins, John Davis, 1909-1990
Corporate Names
Democratic Party (N.C.)
Judges--North Carolina--Jones County
Politicians--North Carolina--Jones County
North Carolina--Politics and government--1865-1950