Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
FORD, Harold Eugene (1945-)

FORD, HAROLD EUGENE, (father of Harold Ford, Jr.), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., May 20, 1945; graduated from Geeter High School, Memphis, Tenn. 1963; B.S., Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn., 1967; graduate work, Tennessee State University, 1968; A.A., mortuary science, John Gupton College, 1969; M.B.A., Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1982; worked as a mortician; member of the Tennessee state house of representatives, 1971-1974; delegate to Tennessee State Democratic convention, 1972; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1997); was not a candidate to the One Hundred Fifth Congress in 1996; chairman, Select Committee on Aging (One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses).

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, 1960-[on-going], 200 linear feet.
Correspondents include Harold Ford.


University of North Carolina Libraries
The Southern Historical Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library
Chapel Hill, NC
Oral History: 1974, 1 interview.
An interview with Harold Ford conducted on August 19, 1974. In the interview, Ford discusses family and their political history; Harold's Democratic primary victory; black caucus in the Tennessee house; black power in the House and Senate; Medical school fight; discussion of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Bill, the Landlord-Tenant Bill; redistricting plan; political power of black labor; issues of the 1974 campaign, Kuykendall's position in Congress; discussion of source of funds; discussion of black support for Blanton; discussion of the Election Commission; Ford's methods of campaigning in white neighborhoods; problems involved in getting blacks registered; what Ford's election to national office will mean to Tennessee politics; discussion of needs facing the Tennessee government; assessment of the Dunn administration; ""what ifs"" had there been a run-off in the primary; Bill Brock and the black people; discussion of Jim White, Democratic party chairman from Shelby County.

  • "Harold Eugene Ford, Sr." in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.