Monday, April 25, 2011

Claude Pepper





The Claude Pepper Center is a short walk up the street from my office on the FSU campus and contains quite a bit of interesting memorabilia from the life of Claude Denson Pepper. Pepper was a devoted public servant, serving first in the Florida House of Representatives (1929-1930), next as a U.S. Senator (1936-1950), and then in the U.S. House of Representatives (1962-1989). During his long career, Pepper sponsored legislation to promote equal rights, civil rights, workers' rights and the Lend-Lease Act and became a driving force for the establishment of the National Institutes of Health, a system of government-sponsored medical research facilities. Much later in his life and career, he gained international fame as an advocate of elder's rights, health care, and for strengthening and protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other government sponsored programs on behalf of millions of Americans.

13 comments:

biebkriebels said...

An interesting story, about an interesting person. Nice pictures.

Caroline said...

Most interesting. Looks like a museum I would love to visit. Thanks for the fantastic blog.

Leif Hagen said...

I love this old, black car and especially his office! Fun to see the decor inside his politician's den!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice pics. I am not familiar with Mr. Pepper but it sounds like we could use somebody with his abilities right now.

Small City Scenes said...

He seems to have been quite an honorable man. Nice info. MB

Jack said...

Pretty cool, Lois. I remember Claude Pepper from his latest phase, as a spokesman and advocate for seniors. Probably because I was around for just a few years in the earlier part of his career.

Corker2 said...

I must admit, Lois, that I've never heard or known this man. Learn something new every day! Informative Post.

Les

Lisa Wilson said...

I like that car! It would be fun to ride in a parade.

Kaori said...

What a guy! Is that his office in the second photo?

SRQ said...

I haven't heard Sen. Pepper's name in a long time. I didn't realize there's a center named after him.

Rob and Mandy said...

Basically a good guy. With a nice car!

Sailor said...

Beautiful pictures with lots of historical facts.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Claude Pepper was one of the last of the good guys. What a difference between he and the clowns currently representing Florida in the state and national legislatures (with a few exceptions!). We could sure use a lot more like him.