This exhibit describes Congressman John J. Rhodes' political career and includes a series of short essays written by Rhodes, excerpts from his books, and news coverage of events including Watergate and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Originally presented online, it has been recast in PDF files for sustainability. Images, videos, and documents were selected from the John J. Rhodes Minority Leader Papers, 1968-1980 (MSS-5), and John J. Rhodes Press Office Files, 1973-1983 (MSS-3).
Introduction to the "Arizona's Statesman: Congressman John J. Rhodes" online exhibit.
Brief overview of Rhodes' career in the U.S. House of Representatives and a table listing the subjects discussed in the exhibit.
This document consists of an essay and a personal narrative. The essay discusses Rhodes' early life, education at Kansas State University and Harvard University, marriage to Betty Harvey, and military service. In the personal narrative, Rhodes recounts his experience of the events of December 7, 1941. This piece is illustrated with images from Rhodes' archival collections.
Essay discussing Rhodes' separation from military service, move to Arizona, entry into and involvement with local Republican politics, election to the House of Representatives from Arizona's District 1, and early years in Congress. This piece is illustrated with images from Rhodes' archival collections.
In this essay, Rhodes describes the complex political battle that culminated in the Central Arizona Project, which Rhodes considered one of his greatest achievements. This piece is illustrated with images from Rhodes' archival collections.
This document includes historical context regarding Rhodes' election as Minority Leader in 1973, Rhodes' reflections on his service as a Representative and as Minority Leader, and a transcription of a column about Rhodes by George F. Will titled "The Scramble for Survival." This piece is illustrated with images from Rhodes' archival collections.
This document includes an article regarding Rhodes' difficult role as Minority Leader during Watergate and Rhodes' reflections on the Nixon administration, Watergate, and his decision to vote in favor of impeaching President Nixon. This piece is illustrated with images from Rhodes' archival collections.
Video clip including discussion of Rhodes' stance towards Nixon's impeachment and footage of Rhodes speaking on the subject.
This document discusses Rhodes' chairmanship of the 1976 and 1980 Republican National Conventions. It includes Rhodes' recollections of these events and is illustrated with images from Rhodes' archival collections.
Video clip showing activities at the 1980 Republican Party National Convention, including Rhodes overseeing the adoption of the party's platform and a news anchor's report that Rhodes will not run for Minority Leader again.