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.
Graduated Louisville Male High School.
University of Louisville law degree and began practice in Louisville
Chairman of Louisville and Jefferson County Republican Central Committee
Collector of Internal Revenue for Kentucky
Managed Presidential and Senatorial campaigns in Kentucky
Member of Republican State Central Committee
Candidate in Republican primary for Governor, defeated
Managed Presidential campaign in Louisville for Hoover, carried city by 33,000 votes
Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service
Executive Director of Republican National Committee
Controversy with Senator George W. Norris over contributions to Anti‑Norris campaign in Nebraska
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
Kentucky Republican nominee for Senator, defeated in general election
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.
Appointment Book, 1931
Clippings, 1921-1929 (2 folders)
Kent Libel Suit
Clippings, 1914-1927 (2 folders)
Louisville City Directory, 1919
General, 1916-1930 (3 folders)
General, 1931-1947 (6 folders)
Funeral and Memorial Resolutions
New Deal – S. T. Snead Critique
Clippings, 1930 and undated
Public support P – Z (3 folders)
Correspondence, 1940-1946 (4 folders)
Campaign Organization, 1930‑1932
Form Letters (2 folders)
Nutt, J. R., 1932
Presidential Appointees Listing, Mar 4, 1921-July 11, 1930
Select Committee on Senatorial Campaign Expenditures – Testimony of J. R. Nutt and John Robsion
General Political, 1922‑1943 and undated
Amos and Andy Speech
Kentucky Politics, 1925, 1930 and undated
Republican National Committee, 1932 and undated (2 folders)
Stites, Henry J., 1929‑1945
10 (oversized box)
Addresses Upon the American Road, 1933‑1938, by Herbert Hoover.
Scrapbook on Kentucky politics, 1927