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Government official. Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Liaison (1961-68). Correspondence, memorandums, reports, news clippings, and photographs pertaining to the Department of Agriculture and Democratic politics.
Birkhead discusses his interactions with John F. Kennedy (JFK), during JFK’s years in the U.S. Congress, the 1960 presidential campaign, and the evolution of JFK’s knowledge of and views on agriculture, among other issues.
Birkhead discusses his work on Lyndon Baines Johnson’s speech-writing team during his vice-presidential campaign in 1960, his duties as Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Liaison, and 1961 feed grains legislation, among other issues.
Birkhead discusses specific agriculture legislation during the Kennedy administration, including among others the 1962 farm bill and 1963 wheat referendum, and Southern members of Congress, among other issues.
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