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This Day in Georgia History

October 02, 1940

Fiery Oration from Talmadge

Eugene Talmadge delivered a fiery oration in accepting the nomination for governor at the state Democratic convention in Macon. Talmadge promised support for the national administration, education, and old-age pensions - all to be done by cutting expenses so as to not raise taxes. In a related move, Talmadge delegates, who dominated the convention, voted to remove then-governor Eurith D. Rivers as Georgia’s representative on the Democratic national committee and replace him with Talmadge’s son, Herman.