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and policy events in washington and around the country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. square, a public park across from the white house is named after marquis do lafayette.-de next, we discussed the book, "trouble in lafayette square: assassination, protest & murder at the white house." the event is one hour and five minutes. good evening, welcome to national press club. an editor with bloomberg news, and i'm the 111th president of the national press come -- press club. if you have not already, please islands your cell phones. we do not want them ringing during the taping of this event. we are going to be broadcast on c-span this evening.
please do not let it be your cell phone that interrupts the site. hastu are tweeting, the htag is #npclive. it's my pleasure to introduce our celebrated author, gil klein . he is my predecessor as the president of the national press club. he served as president from 1994, when his two children were very young. i believe one is in the audience. there is andrew. i see him. with chloe, welcome. gil was working as a national correspondent for the media general, where he served 22 years. he has also taught at american university, overseeing the
washington semester program which teaches journalism to people coming in from all over the world. he is currently creating a new washington journalism program. come -- if you have not taken a tour of the club was gil, you are missing out. a please do this. he tells the best stories about -- please do this, he tells the best stories at the national press club. he is an avid historian and has been for years. ,rior to this book, he authored edited, and rewrote the national press club's history for our centennial a few years ago. thereerstanding is that may be another book like that in the works. we are here tonight to talk , trouble in lafayette
square. if you have not purchased a copy, you may do so after our program. he will be signing copies around the corner. gil, would you like to tell us about your book? >> thank you very much. after 30 years organizing events at the national press club, it's really strange to be on this side. the idea for this book came, i have always been interested in american history. i've always been interested in the history of wherever i am living, that's why i wrote the history of the club, because i live at the club. >> he does. >> when i got to washington in 1985, and since i have a great interest in american history and the white house and presidents, i would get off at my stop at farragut west and walks to love a apart to go to the national press building.
over the years i would start collecting the stories, of unusual things that happened in lafayette square. all of you in this room know exactly where it is, but since we do have a television audience i should tell you. , acrossoss the street pennsylvania avenue from the front of the white house. it is seven acres of open parkland, and it is surrounded by buildings that go back to 1818 with stephen decatur house. in the middle of the park is a statue of jackson. the unusual thing about the statue is that it was built -- sculpted or whatever they do to scat statues in 1854. it's the first time in history that having a statue of a man on horseback with the horse on two
legs. it was an engineering feat. gil, it is andrew jackson. why do they call it lafayette square? the answer to that is, it started out life -- p or l'enfant--pierre laid it out as the president's park. the question was whether it would be white house grounds, or open to the public. it was still kind of a buildings zoned for the white house and the federal office buildings. in the war of 1812, there were troops there, when the white house was burned, there were questions about whether or not the capital would stay here. -- iirst house was built
should tell you, it is the beautiful victorian era homes, 19th-century homes all around it. during the kennedy administration, people wanted to get rid of all of these old buildings, they wanted to knock them down and put up very ugly looking federal office buildings, courthouses, and jackie kennedy said no, those buildings would be gone forever, and she convinced her husband. that project and she brought in -- convinced her husband to stop that project and she brought in new architects. >> can you mention why it was named lafayette square? >> why is it lafayette square?
that is because in 1824, marquis de lafayette, the great hero of the revolutionary war, came back to america to tour the entire country, every state in existence at the time, 24 of them, and they had parties and parades. everywhere he went, they named things after him. >> fayetteville. >> fayetteville, north carolina is one. indiana -- >> his estate in france was called lagrange. if you see anything called lagrange, that is also named after lafayette. there's also a lagrange in kentucky. this guy got a lot of name recognition.
he came to washington first to onroe.ith president munr when he came back, he met with the new president, john quincy adams. "we have to name something after him. we have this park." that's how it came to be lafayette park. the statue of jackson wasn't built for lafayette until 1880. so, you want me to go on? >> what is the next slide? >> the first -- most history an event or a person's life from beginning to end. this book follows a place through history.
the point of the book is to give these great stories that will draw people in and have them say, oh, that's really interesting, i didn't know that. there is in this book that an eighth grader wouldn't want to read. may be some of it they shouldn't read. it teaches them about history. the first story is about stephen decatur. he was one of the great heroes, especially after the revolutionary war, one of the first heroes, military heroes of the country. what people don't know is we statesghting the barbary along the mediterranean north 1803,starting in jefferson sent the navy, at 25,
decatur made a name for himself on a brilliant raid. he was a hero already in 1803. in the war of 1812, he was an even greater hero. the barbary states try to slip back to their old ways of stopping american commerce. maybe we shouldn't call them the barbary pirates, but that's what they were called for a long time. -- defeated all three barbary states in one battle. we were fighting muslims in 1803. "i got peace at the mouth of a cannon. we have to have a fleet in the
mediterranean. " that sleep is still there. -- that fleet is still there. back then, naval commanders got money for everything they sank. he built this gracias new house right on the corner of 8th street and jackson place. the decatur house, he built that in 1818, the first private residence on lafayette square after the big construction of the st. john's church, it was the first building except for the white house, and he wanted something that was very lavish, and it was. he had a lot of political that made him go higher and higher in the navy. he had a lot of power over who would get promotions, who would get ships to command.
that caused a lot of turmoil and he was challenged to a duel by one of the commanders who was denied n appointment -- denied an appointment to a ship. they met at bladensburg just across the state line. they were both shot, but heatur's wound was mortal, was rushed back to his house and he died in the parlor on the first floor. he told everybody "don't let my wife come down here." he died in agony. this was the biggest event in washington. his funeral, they shut down the entire government. everybody came to his funeral, they had this long parade over to kalorama for his internment. that is the first story, the
first weird thing that happened in lafayette square. there's maybe some states there -- there'sto get some chairs coming in. on to our story about this fellow. >> absolutely, we could do that. this was a person who had a very interesting role in our american history. what exactly -- if i recall correctly, he was the first person to write an insider's history of the white house. >> this is paul jennings. paul jennings is a 15-year-old, was brought by president madison
as a young slave to the white house. he was there when the british came and he helped take down the portrait of george washington and helped dollar he madison get everything out of the house that was invaluable -- dolly madison get everything out of the house that was invaluable. he set the table for the .ictorious returning troops at the end of the madison administration, he was taken back to madison's home in virginia, he became madison's valet, he was there when madison died. he had a family, five children, and wife. dolly madison fell on hard times
after james died. madison had purchased a house on lafayette square and she wanted to come back because she was such a socialite. she came back to live on lafayette square and she brought paul jennings with them. she said, don't worry, on my death, you will get your freedom. her financial situation got worse and worse, so she sold him. across the street lived senator daniel webster from massachusetts. he was appalled. everything was very close, everybody knew everybody on the square. bought paulebster jennings from the guy who had bought him. he granted him his freedom. larget on -- there was a
free 6lack population in washington before the civil war. he helped them organize slave escapes. his sons fought for the union. memoir, he published a of his life in the white house. he becomes the first tell all chronicler of the white house. now, we will go into the great dane rickles. don rickles -- no. [laughter] >> they look a little similar. , dan sickleshere
was a man of great appetites, for women, for power, for money. he was a great in-house -- he knew how to work the political system. he was from new york city. ,is protege, martin van buren who actually had lived in the decatur house when he was secretary of state. he was named the second in charge of the american embassy in london. james buchanan was the ambassador. i'm missing a big point here. he married a 15-year-old at the age of 32. teresa,teresa, -- love but he loved everybody else. teresa is about to have a child.
he's about to get an appointment to go to london. , madamehis mistress bordeaux of new york, to london, he introduced her to queen victoria. he comes back and becomes a congressman. [laughter] >> one thing follows another. nicestve into one of the mansions on lafayette square. how could this young guy of ford affordford -- young guy this beautiful mansion and carriage and all the trappings? his ways.es socialite,uite a
even though she is very young. she's a favorite of james buchanan, the president. starts to go around in these carriages and she gets to meet philip martin key. he was the son of francis got key. -- francis scott key. he became enamored with her. there she is. another, theyto got to go quite it toward a fair -- torrid affair. -- he would wave a white handkerchief whenever he wanted to meet.
everyone knew about this in washington except dan sickles. he finally gets a poison pen letter. he was in raged. enraged.aged -- an he forced her to sign a confession. bad timing, he looks out the window and there's philip martin key. ,e puts a couple of pistols slips out back and challenges -- he shoots him four times. he dies in broad daylight in front of a men's club that was there at the time. people saw it. >> with bystanders -- >> bystanders. sorry, i have to keep up. there's philip barton key.
there's the shooting. another day in the park. [laughter] >> so, he goes to trial and he gets off. among his attorneys, there's edward stanton, who would become president lincoln's secretary of war. off the first person to get on the grounds of temporary insanity. he went on to be a general in the civil war. to this daydebated whether he lost or won the battle of gettysburg because he didn't follow orders. his leg was shot off. up in the ended
military medical museum. , on they year anniversary, he would go visit it. that is the dan cycles start -- dan sickles story. teresa would die of tuberculosis at a very young age. guts on af blood and peaceful square with grand trees and shade. i think there's more coming. >> there's always more. now, we get to the civil war. this is william stewart, secretary of state. when he became secretary of state, he wanted a grand house on lafayette square. one, it was the
gentleman's club that had to shut down after the shooting. lincoln would walk over there and they would sit down and talk strategy. given an idea of how close everything was in the civil war, lincoln could walk over to stuart's house, three houses up sas general george mcclellan' headquarters, the former dolly madison house. around the corner, there was a confederate spy, rose greenhouse. within sight of each other, these people all operated. during theere is it was assassination, part of a much larger plot and killing lincoln -- john wilkes
kill the viceo president and secretary stuart and take the federal government. at the same time that lincoln -- that booth was in ford's theater, his confederate lincoln powell was lurking in the shadows and nokia square -- in lafayette square. stuart had been a terrible carriage -- had broken his draw, almost died -- had broken his jaw, almost died. said i have some medicine i have to deliver to the secretary. >> do we have a photo of powell? >> first, we have to get to the assassination.
theinagled his way into room, plunges the knife repeatedly into seward. as soon as he's dead, he ran out mad,aid i'm mad, i'm ran out into the street. the only thing that saved seward, he had all these casts. i visited the seward house in auburn, new york. they kept everything, they still have the bloody sheets. live. did arrestedfter he was thereng, that was right -- within 10 steps of where dan
sickles shot philip barton key. a nice piece of ground there. >> [indiscernible] >> we will get to that, i think. now, we have to get into -- this is important. ok. suffragists invented the white house protest. still going on today. before they launched their campaign, nobody thought of protesting in front of the white house. suffragist,a famous her goal was the passage of the 19th amendment. she thought the only way to do that was to somehow shame more convinced president wilson -- shame or convince president wilson to support -- had a democrat southern base, was
ironclad -- the south did not want this. so, they launched a series of protests that went on for a year and a half. this is 1917 or so. suffragists would stream out of this house, which happens to be next-door to where seward , and go across the park and they would have banners that denounced wilson for not supporting women's suffrage. they would have banners that called him kaiser wilson. this was not a good idea. that caused a lot of turmoil, a lot of fighting. people think of the women's suffrage movement as a lot of
ladies walking around in long dresses. there was a lot of turmoil. there were arrests, there was fighting, people tried to storm their way into this house. women would keep coming out every time they would rip down these banners. they would come back with more banners. they were burning wilson's words. they were arrested, they would have hunger strikes. difficult time. but, they did prevail. wilson did endorse it. he was afraid of the republicans would push it through and it would get the credit. afraid the republicans would push it through and get
the credit. if you go down there now, there's always somebody -- >> that is a start -- an excellent start to a time-honored tradition. >> we leap forward to 1950. this is a photograph that really caught my attention back in 1986. it was in a book, history of the white house. this is the interior of the white house in 1950. the white house had been so badly abused that it was falling apart. and was dangerously falling apart. margaret truman's pno was falling through from the second floor to the first floor -- piano was falling through from the second floor to the first floor. this idea of a bulldozer, front
end loader in the middle of the white house just fascinated me. we have to go back to 1898, the united states in the spanish-american war acquired puerto rico. they were never quite sure what to do with it. it itsdn't want to give independence but they didn't want to be seen as some sort of empire. gave the puerto ricans american citizenship in 1917. all set toey were create a commonwealth. there was a separatist, nationalist group that didn't want this to happen.
so, they were organized -- the leader of this plan this uprising for october 31, he wanted something dramatic to happen in washington. if they could have something dramatic in washington like an assassination attempt on the president, that would draw people's attention. there's two guys living in new york at the time, they came down through washington on the train, they had never been to washington, one of them really didn't know how to shoot the gun he had been given. they didn't know where anything was. knew thenew the map -- map in the phone book. they didn't even know that truman wasn't in the white house. they got in a cab and went down there and the cabbie said truman
is over in the house. they came back at 2:00 in the afternoon. at this time, truman was there taking a nap. these guys come in from opposite , of the houses is on the corner of lafayette square in one guyania avenue -- tried to storm in the front door. which alerteded, all the police officers. there was this gun battle that happened. because was still alive of all the ironwork around the door. he satout of bullets, down and tried to figure out how
to reload it. the other guy was coming in from the other side. he was a very good marksman. he was shot by the police officers. he was going to try to get in. the first guy finally gets the gun reloaded, stands up and realizes he was shot in the chest. harry truman, a veteran of world , sticks his head out the window to see what was going on. it is the contention of the people who wrote the history of knew whatthe guy who he was doing, all he had to have up where he looked was -- the whole diagram of this had looked out
and seen truman, he would have had a clear shot. he was killed, and that was the end of that attack. the uprising in puerto rico was over within 24 hours. push wasn't a big popular for it. theonalist came in shot up house -- >> that is the last time a president resided -- on lafayette square. -- for a the last time long period of time that i'm aware of. the you have any other questions
-- do you have any other questions? >> we can go on. story i really didn't know about. this is senator lester hunt. mr. hunt was a democrat from wyoming. he was elected right at the time joe mccarthy had his fight. mr. hunt hated joe mccarthy. joe mccarthy hated lester hunt. everybody knows that mccarthy that.ti-communist and all there was also a certain anti-gay movement, part of mccarthyism. at the time, lafayette square, lafayette park was a meeting place for gay men.
who was in's son, wasearly 20's, i think, over there. the police, undercover police were out there trying to spare people looking for a good time. he was arrested. normally, this wouldn't lead to anything. to mccarthy and his henchmen found out about it. re's how we are going to get rid of lester hunt. him -- we were going to expose this in wyoming, that his son had been arrested. --first, lester hunt said
flop that off -- fought that off. he was running for reelection and he was so distraught that he went into his office and shot himself with a rifle, committed suicide. that was a story i had not heard. a bit about the story of gay before thingsica changed. here, we are getting up to this bush. george h w at the beginning of his administration, crack cocaine epidemic was sweeping the country.
one of the first things he wanted to do was come up with federal policy to try to stop that crack cocaine. he wanted to give an oval office speech. oval office speeches are very rare. he knew the only way he could convince people outside of the inner cities that this was a problem was to show that this crack cocaine was everywhere. approval with his a cracke dea to do cocaine buy in lafayette square. they pulled it off. they found somebody they had been trailing for a while and said you have to come to lafayette square. where is that? it's at the white house.
where ronald reagan lives? no, no -- so, they make the buy. bush uses this as his prompt for this oval office speech. the washington post was saying, wait a minute -- usually, crack cocaine in open markets, there's gunbattles, it's nowhere near the white house -- there's more police per square inch than anywhere else in the world. a great and goatski investigatie reporter unravel this whole thing that it was all set up -- unraveled this whole thing that it was all set up. coming down to the end here, everybody who lives in --hington knows conception
she and a fellow by the name of hounbeck started an antiwar protest in 1981. they were they were there around the clock since 1981. she died in 2016. else --ied someone this protest went on. became afamous that civics lesson for eighth-graders. here's how free speech is exercised in the united states. everybody knew this thing so much that a washington post columnist said you could take lafayette out of lafayette part,
you could remove his statue and no one would notice. everyone woulds, notice because it is such a feature. itn she died, this guy kept alive. 168 hours in are week. i've got two helpers. they d68 hours and i do 100 -- they do 68 hours and i do 100. >> there are other stories in the book as well. these are the ones to highlight. i want to open it up to the audience for questions. i have more questions, of course. i want to give this opportunity -- there's a mic coming around.
i will pass my mic. about beingworried asked a question by hurricane donna. catastrophe reporter for usa today. >> what i wanted to ask you about is how you did the research for this book. where did you find all of these archival pictures? organizationsory for everything, but i haven't heard of one for lafayette square. >> this was a 30 year project. this was not something that happened overnight. i have no intention of writing a book in 1986. as i would go to the decatur house, i took several tours of the decatur house, there were stories there.
i would read a history of civil seward,ould read about there was a whole book on sickles, i read the whole book on sickles. stories werehese parts of huge books. i have saved you the necessity of buying and reading 500 pages of wonderful historians but i storiese you know which so you can find those history books. the illustrations, a lot of them are from the library of congress. you just type in the name you s all these pop illustrations. some, i had to purchase the the georgesuch as
bush -- i had to go through his library to get that. everything else was copywritten. paul jennings, his descendents have controlled that picture. i had to purchase the rights from them. wyoming, i hadm to go to the wyoming archives, they were glad to send it to me. it was no trouble finding the illustrations. there were plenty of illustrations out there and most for in the public domain. -- were in the public domain. >> i have a question about demonstrations. where and how they are permitted. the reason i am prompted to ask this, i was in lafayette park once with a cameraman and we
were stopped by the police. they said you can't take a picture here in the park. if you go over here, it's ok. i learned they were many jurisdictions that cover all this area. >> did you have a tripod? >> we might have had one. >> there's a restriction on using a tripod to set up a camera in lafayette square. you can't do it at the lincoln memorial, either. i learned that just yesterday. it's hard to get those things. you need a permit for a demonstration for 45 people. there's always something going on. does that answer your question? it is a national park. during the gulf war, george h.w.
said he wasuy here one of them -- they would beat him 24 hours a day. he tried to -- i want to get rid of that nig guy. what's the point of the first amendment? to get the attention of your leaders. he was pounding on the drum. when iber the pounding was going over there to cover the white house. who else? >> you remember that chapter of history that is somewhat forgotten in 2011 when people were camping get square --
?amping out in farragut square the richest 1% lived in lafayette square -- >> at the time, the 1% weren't living there anymore. there's no more private houses. does it's a national park, it have anything in terms of rangers? >> occasionally, you will see a ranger over there. -- if youa camera, set up a camera, you will find one very quickly i am told. [laughter] tour of ther seen a park going on by the national park service. people to have their own tours.
who else? anybody else? yes. elizabeth. >> how are you going to promote your book? are you going to go on a tour? it's a wonderful way to entreat them about history. >> here i am on c-span. what more do you want? [laughter] >> i've done some book talks already. on three radio shows sironally on serious xm -- ius xm. wamu on the ninth. i've been invited to talk to the 92nd street y in new york city
in october. >> a lot of it is r-rated. >> that's right. any eighth-grader could get into this. [laughter] >> i've talked about other ways of getting it out. >> fantastic. do we have anyone else? yes. the building of the chamber of commerce? is it new or old? >> the chamber of commerce was built in the late 1920's. it took the place of corcoran's mansion. beautiful things inside. it is a beautiful building. amazingly beautiful piece of
1920's architecture. they have a great big mural of lafayette square, which i thought was from the 1850's -- you missed these two mentions here that were built in 1987. >> i know there's some history written about the blair house. >> the blair house goes way back. i don't think it was built by -- heayers -- the blairs was part of andrew jackson's kitchen cabinet. montgomery blair was postmaster general in the lincoln administration. it stays in the blair family. usedtime to time, it was -- it was given to the white because the deposed
head of state was coming to live in washington. eventually, the white house purchased it, the general services administration purchased it. they have expanded it so much, its 120 rooms or so. >> i have another one. square has always been a high-security zone. it's only gotten more secure every year. can you give us a little flavor of what it might have been like 100 years ago? >> sure. new, as you and i have lived through the same age -- the oklahoma city bombing, they closed pennsylvania avenue.
it was a wholly different place. the white house, you could walk right into the white house. time, you could just walk in. and look around the rooms on the first level at your leisure. hoover, ihrough think, on new year's day, anyone could walk in and shake the president's and. -- hand. the book starts out where i'm sitting on a bench in lafayette ukeare where bernard bernar used to sit. he was an advisor from presidents wilson to truman. he would have this bench near the jackson statue.
anybody who wanted to come talk to him could sit on this bench. he called it his bench of inspiration. the book starts with a picture of him and the natchez and sitting there -- dean attkisson sitting there. the entourage would be incredible now. what worries me is more and more , for some reason, i don't know why security closes the entire park. ist a couple of weeks ago, was going to walk through it and there were people there with full, big, big rifles. the type we used to see when we thought terrorists were going to take over the capital building. as more crazies leap over the
fence, they've had to push it back. i do worry about the future that this can remain open to the public. >> hi. glenn marcus, national press club. great to see you. a point of clarification -- i'm a volunteer in the park. overallart of the all ofl park service -- the circles are also national park service properties. entity from the park service portion that takes care of the mall. to you have anything there about hush money being paid in lafayette park? is someoneest fear is going to come up and say, you mean, you didn't know about the hush money? i don't know the hush money story.
wires oney found bernard's bench. that led to some speculation that he was being wiretapped. other people thought it was part of the anti-gay thing to collect evidence. >> apparently, cash was paid off during watergate -- >> oh. shew. the next book, next edition -- >> you sure you weren't paid off to not put that in there? [laughter] >> i wish i had known that. it would have been front and center. something,lse has just don't tell me. i spent 36 years. [laughter] >> forward to this book is written by john kelly, the great
washington post local columnist, central columnist. he has a thing about squirrels. he spends a lot of time in the forward to the book talking about squirrels in the park. it is fabulous. it is worth buying the book alone just to read john kelly's forward to it. questions.have more once, i went on a really bad date and the guy told me there were bodies buried in lafayette square. is that true? >> i hope not. [laughter] >> were there bodies buried? before it was a square, it was an orchard -- i don't know whether there had ever been a graveyard there. >> maybe just run apples.
-- rotten apples. >> or someone trying to scare a sweet, young girl into cuddling closer. i know how this works. [laughter] i'm a member of the press club. statutetalk about the in the northeast corner of the square? >> i did not. remind me -- there are four statues. each one is a revolutionary war hero. >> from belarus -- steuben might be in the northeast corner. he was a prescient general -- whipped theeral who revolutionary troops into shape
at valley forge. i was afraid somebody would get me on those statues. i should have written down exactly -- >> [inaudible] [laughter] >> the you have any idea about any of the secret basements or belowground spaces from the white house? >> i've heard a lot about them. i do not have any information .hat i couldn't give you rumors -- people who know the white house better than me -- once, when i was covering the white house, there was a swimming pool in kennedy's time, there wasn't much going on in my
deddy looks at the press ai and says "you want to see the pool?" the deep end is where the podium as. this is where john kennedy was swimming with who knows. >> jackie. [laughter] tothat's as close underground as i've ever gotten. >> [inaudible] right on the southeast corner. >> that's right. >> [inaudible] lafayette with a sword and there's a partially clad she says i will give
you my clothes if you give me your sword. >> the women's suffragists used that statute and used that statue on the northeast corner -- you are right. i was thinking of the northwest corner with monster even -- with von steuben. i got the wrong corner. i couldn't pronounce his name anyway. i'm a print reporter. i don't pronounce names. [laughter] peace vigilnuclear -- it looked like it was anti-israel. what exactly was that woman saying? did she ever make it onto any news clips? was she in textbooks? people would walk by and see her.
did she have any notoriety? >> there was a cover story about her in the washington post magazine. she was a very strange woman. she wore a helmet over her wig -- a helmet under her wig because she said they are out there. people would stop and talk to her all the time. there's a couple of stories in the book about people making fun well, and she would say, you know, if you would get active and stop all these wars, i wouldn't have to be here. don't mock me. vince? >> [inaudible] early to work in that the
1970's right on the corner of the park. whoe was an older gentleman wore a motorcycle helmet. we used to call him tight end. he was a part of the park for many years. all of a sudden, you don't see him, you don't really think about not seeing him until all those years later, it hits you -- what happened to tight end? >> we don't want to make fun of people suffering from mental disabilities -- there were a lot of people in the park. was 1971-1972. >> madame president, do you think we should wrap it up here? anyone who wants to talk later, i will be here. i would like to
thank you and everybody here for coming. if you haven't purchased this book, it is such a lovely read, you really should get it. get it here, have gil sign it for you. thank you all for being here. thank you so much for spending time with us today. [applause] l, before everybody leaves, gi i know you probably have something already -- you don't have one of them for this, for speaking here today about your lafayette square book. thank you so much for being here with us. thank you for being a wonderful texture of the club, the club's official historian. thank you so much. , billust want to say
bennett was speaking and i noted this was his sixth time this when i presented him with the mug, i said you can use this for brunch. [laughter] >> thank you. >> thank you so much. [applause] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] announcer: our nine week series, 1968, america and turmoil is available in a podcast. you can find a on our website, c-span.org/history. this weekend, only on c-span3. wright represented texas
years.strict for 34 he ran for speaker of the house in the 1987, eventually resigning because of an ethics in investigation. next, a senior archivist at texas christian university's , shared itemstion from his district and his colleagues from the u.s. house of representatives this is about 30 minutes. >> we are at the tcu library on the campus. i am going to talk today about the jim wright papers. jim wright was a long term congressman from the dallas-fort worth area, born in fort worth and he lived all over texas and oklahoma doing his childhood. he went to weather for college which is what brought him back to this area. he ran for the texas legislature after his service in world war ii aer