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Autobiography: Edward O. Craft, 1978
Craft, Edward O.
52 pages; 1 reel, 1 7/8 ips, 120 minutes; no index;
interviewee's business card; photograph of interviewee; newspaper article about
Congressional Directory with
House Congressional Record
with tribute to interviewee
Anderson, Terry H.
Scope and Content Note
Edward O. Craft discusses the function and structure of the legislative counsel and some of
the projects he worked on while in Washington, DC, including the massive tax
restructuring of 1954. He also mentions some of the people he worked with in
Washington, DC, including presidents Nixon and Carter. The interview ends with
Craft discussing his resignation from the legislative counsel and his
retirement into private practice as a partner in the law firm of Wickham, Craft
& Cihlar, based in Washington, DC.
Edward O. Craft, born in La Porte County, Indiana, on November
13, 1916 and died in Bloomington, Indiana, on March 10, 1999, speaks of his
life history. He was born on a farm in La Porte County, Kingsbury, Indiana and
attended school in La Porte. In the late nineteen thirties Craft attended
Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated from the Indiana University
School of Law. He first worked in Evansville with a law firm, but was quickly
recommended for a post with the legislative counsel to the House of
Representatives. After moving to Washington, DC, he moved through the ranks in
the counsel's office to become the senior legislative counsel from 1962 - 1972.
- House Ways and Means Committee
- Indiana University
- Indiana University School of Law
- United States House of Representatives
- Carter, James Earl, Jr.
- Gavit, Bernard Campbell
- Halleck, Charles A.
- Johnson, Lyndon Baines
- Kahn, Isadore
- Nixon, Richard Milhous
- Perley, Allen
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Kingsbury, Indiana
- La Porte County, Indiana
- Washington, DC
- farming practices
- law school
- legislative drafting
- Marshall Plan
- tax legislation
- World War II