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LBJ Seeks Robert E. Lee for Civil Rights Commission

Johnson wanted to fill an opening on the federal Civil Rights Commission with a moderate Southerner. Here, Johnson lobbied William Mitchell, an Arkansas attorney and friend of powerful Arkansas Congressman Wilbur Mills, comparing Mitchell's choice to one faced in a previous century by Robert E. Lee.

Date:  Mar 02, 1964
Participants:  Lyndon Johnson, William Mitchell
Conversation Number:  wh6403.02-2326

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