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#1 Sep 2, 2007
In 1958 I was a graduate of Hialeah High School in Miami/Dade County. I had met Senator and Mrs. Mildred Pepper in 1956 when I was 16. I traveled all over Florida establishing Youth For Pepper groups in his 1958 race for the U.S. Senate against Florida's Senior U.S. Senator Spessard Holland. Pepper was soundly defeated but it was a wonderful experience for me as a young teenager watching this great man who had given so much to our state and the nation as a member of the Florida Legislature in his early years and then in 1936 he was elected to the U.S. Senate. I don't remember much about the the Pepper/Smathers race in 1950 but from time to time Mrs. Pepper would tell me some of the history of that very dirty campaign against a true statesman Claude Pepper. The Florida Flashback article by Joy Wallace Dickinson is most informative and really gives the true story about that campaign in 1950.
#2 Sep 7, 2007
I knew both men...they were good people...Pepper was GREAT!
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