J. Con Lanier Papers

Manuscript Collection #229
Lanier, J. Con, 1891-1975
Physical description
0.22 Cubic Feet, 75 items , consisting of speeches, correspondence, clippings, and articles.
Preferred Citation
J. Con Lanier Papers (#229), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1927-1960) consisting of correspondence, clippings, and articles.

Biographical/historical information

J. Con Lanier, a native of Pitt County, N.C., is a leading expert on tobacco. A graduate of the University of North Carolina and Georgetown University, Lanier started his law career after serving in France during World War I. During the Roosevelt administration, Lanier moved to Washington, D.C. to help develop a national tobacco program. After returning to Greenville, Lanier once again plunged into activities connected with tobacco. During this period, he served as Counsel for the Tobacco Association of the U.S., Executive Secretary of the Leaf Tobacco Exporters Association, and Counsel for the Leaf Tobacco Exporters Association. Lanier was also active in N.C. Democratic Party. He served as mayor of Greenville (1927-1931) and state senator (1941-1945).

Scope and arrangement

The collection contains Mr. Lanier's speeches and statements (1948-1960) to various civic and professional organizations and to various congressional committees. The majority of these speeches deals with the topic of tobacco and the history of the tobacco program. Mr. Lanier advocated that tobacco should be included in the list of eligible commodities in various relief bills after World War II, and that taxes on tobacco should not be increased by the federal or state governments. Of particular interest are speeches dealing with the tobacco-lung cancer controversy. Lanier believed that the tobacco industry should fight to prove that the relationship between cigarette smoking and lung cancer is a fallacy. Also included are campaign speeches supporting the candidacy of Herbert C. Bonner for Congress (1946) and Frank P. Graham for U.S. Senate (1950).

The remainder of the collection consists of newspaper clippings and correspondence (1946-1963). The majority of the correspondence concerns the Flue-Cured Stabilization Corporation and its work. Of particular interest is a letter to Orville Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture, condemning the practice of subsiding tobacco growers to produce an unacceptable product for trade. Lanier advocates the use of poundage-acreage allocation instead of acreage allocation and government support prices based on 90% of true market value to promote the growing of quality tobacco.

See also J. Con Lanier oral history interview.

Administrative information
Custodial History

June 4, 1973, 75 items; Photocopies; speeches, correspondence, clippings, and articles. Gift of Mr. J. Con Lanier, Greenville, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. J. Con Lanier

Processing information

Processed by L. Hofler, April 1974

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Personal Names
Bonner, Herbert Covington, 1891-1965
Graham, Frank Porter, 1886-1972
Lanier, J. Con, 1891-1975
Corporate Names
Democratic Party (N.C.)
Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation (U.S.)
Elections--North Carolina--History--20th century
Tobacco--Law and legislation--United States
Tobacco--Physiological effect
Tobacco--Taxation--United States
Greenville (N.C.)--History--20th century