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