ROBERT H. LUCAS PAPERS, 1907-1947
Robert H. Lucas was a lawyer active in Kentucky Republican politics. He was responsible for organizing congressional campaigns in 1930 and 1932, and the 1932 presidential campaign. After 1932 Lucas was primarily occupied with his legal practice and Republican politics.
Aug 8, 1888 Born near Anchorage, Kentucky to Robert and Hattie Lucas.
1906 Graduated Louisville Male High School.
1909 University of Louisville law degree and began practice in Louisville
1916‑1921 Chairman of Louisville and Jefferson County Republican Central Committee
1921‑1929 Collector of Internal Revenue for Kentucky
1924 Managed Presidential and Senatorial campaigns in Kentucky
1927‑1928 Member of Republican State Central Committee
1927 Candidate in Republican primary for Governor, defeated
1928 Managed Presidential campaign in Louisville for Hoover, carried city by 33,000 votes
1929‑1930 Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service
1930‑1932 Executive Director of Republican National Committee
1930‑1931 Controversy with Senator George W. Norris over contributions to Anti‑Norris campaign in Nebraska
1935‑1936 Lucas' challenge of Charles D. Hilles and his attempt to have leaders of Republican organizations select the 1936 Presidential candidate by a "grass roots" poll fails
1936 Kentucky Republican nominee for Senator, defeated in general election
1947 Died at Washington D. C. Age 59
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Lucas' activities as Collector of Internal Revenue for Kentucky (1921‑1929) are reflected primarily in newspaper clippings from various Louisville papers, especially for the period 1921‑1923. His duties, responsibilities, and activities as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (1929‑1930) are only incompletely represented because such records have been retained in the official files of the Internal Revenue Service.
Lucas' correspondence and speeches contain valuable information and insights of Kentucky history and politics from 1914 into the mid1940's. Additional insights and observations may be found in the files concerning Lucas' activities as the first‑Executive Director of the Republican National Committee from 1930‑1932.
His correspondence for this period is concerned almost wholly with the political situation in Kentucky and the outlook for the Republican Party in upcoming Congressional and Presidential elections. His speeches and other writings take on a deeply patriotic flavor, and reflect a strong anti‑communist attitude.
Arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.
The papers of Robert Hendry Lucas, Commissioner of Internal Revenue (1929‑1930), and first Executive Director of the Republican National Committee (1930‑1932), were given to the United States of America for deposit in the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library by Martha B.L. Pate (Lucas' daughter), in a deed of gift signed November 20, 1979. Literary rights in the unpublished writings of Robert Hendry Lucas have been given and assigned to the United States of America.
6 Public support P – Z (3 folders)
7 Form Letters (2 folders)
8 Nutt, J. R., 1932
9 Republican National Committee, 1932 and undated (2 folders)
10 (oversized box)