Manuscript Collections - Robert H. Lucas Papers

2022

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ROBERT H. LUCAS PAPERS, 1907-1947
4 linear feet, 5 linear inches (9 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

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.

FOLDER LIST

Box Contents
1

Appointment Book, 1931
Department Service, 1939‑1940
Internal Revenue Service, 1921‑1930

Collector, 1921‑1929

Clippings, 1921-1929 (2 folders)
Correspondence, 1925‑1929

Commissioner, 1929‑1930

Clippings, 1929‑1930
Correspondence, 1929-1930 (2 folders)
Messages from the commissioner
Miscellaneous

Kent Libel Suit
Kentucky Political Activities

Clippings, 1914-1927 (2 folders)

2

Clippings, 1928‑1946
Correspondence, 1928-1947 (4 folders)
Louisville Politics, 1925‑1945 and undated
Political memorabilia 

Louisville City Directory, 1919
Lucas, Robert Hendry

Clippings
Club Memberships and Activities
College Yearbook, 1907
Correspondence

General, 1916-1930 (3 folders)

3

General, 1931-1947 (6 folders)
Business Affairs
Condolences (2 folders)

4                           

Congratulatory Notes
Internal Revenue Service (3 folders)
Republican National Committee (2 folders)

Funeral and Memorial Resolutions
Memorabilia
Pate, Martha Bob
Poem – Lucas’ Favorite
Proposed Judicial Appointment, 1929
Miscellaneous

Duplicates

5

Duplicates
Duplicates

New Deal – S. T. Snead Critique
Norris Controversy

Clippings, 1930 and undated
Lucas Form Letter
Press Releases
Public Support A – O (4 folders)

6

Public support P – Z (3 folders)
Public support – Acknowledgments

Photographs
Republican Party Activities

Correspondence, 1940-1946 (4 folders)
Grass Roots Movement, 1935‑1936
Minutes, 1944
National Committee

Campaign Organization, 1930‑1932
Congressional Committee – James H. MacLafferty Reports
County and Precinct Levels
National and State Levels
Personal and Political Contacts
Special Groups, Speakers, etc.

7

Form Letters (2 folders)

Clippings, 1930‑1932
Correspondence

General, 1930‑1932
Keim, George DeBenneville, 1930-1932 (3 folders)
Nutt, J. R., 1930-1931 (2 folders)

8

Nutt, J. R., 1932
Public, 1930‑1932
Minutes of Meeting, 1930
Press Releases

Presidential Appointees Listing, Mar 4, 1921-July 11, 1930
Political Memorabilia
Prohibition Sentiments, 1930
Southern Tour, 1943

Select Committee on Senatorial Campaign Expenditures – Testimony of J. R. Nutt and John Robsion
Speeches

General Political, 1922‑1943 and undated
Holiday Addresses
Internal Revenue Service

Amos and Andy Speech
Collector, 1922 and undated
Commissioner, 1929‑1930

Kentucky Politics, 1925, 1930 and undated
Kentucky Senatorial Campaign, 1936 (printed copies)
Lincoln Day Addresses, 1921, 1927 and 1928
Louisville Politics, 1924‑1926 and undated
Patriotic and Religious, undated
Republican National Committee, 1930‑1931

9

Republican National Committee, 1932 and undated (2 folders)
Special Occasions – Conventions

Stites, Henry J., 1929‑1945

10 (oversized box)

Books

Addresses Upon the American Road, 1933‑1938, by Herbert Hoover.
Annual Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1929-1932
Appointment Book, for the periods Jan 2‑May 26, 1931 and Aug 4‑5, 1931
The Colonel, 1909 (University of Louisville yearbook)
Conference of Young Republicans, June 11‑12, 1931
Internal Revenue News, June 1929‑August 1930
Louisville Informational Booklet
Our Presidents at a Glance, 1789‑1932
Republican National Conventions, 1924, 1928 (2), 1932 (2), 1936, and 1940
Republican National Convention, 1932 (oversized edition)
The Republican Woman, Oct 1932.
The Young Republican Magazine; Nov-Dec 1931, Jan-Mar, 1932
Young Republicans of New Jersey, Third Annual Convention, 1934

Scrapbook on Kentucky politics, 1927
Scrapbook pages of clippings, 1912-1926 (folder)

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