Horn, Thomas: Milk's oral will


Thomas Horn: Well Harry Britt and Harvey were good friends, and Harry supported Harvey. Although, Harry wasn’t really a political activist. Certainly not in the sense of ever wanting to run for office himself. Harvey had a premonition that he would be killed, and he left an oral will. He taped an oral will which was intended for Mayor Moscone. If Harvey got killed that Mayor Moscone would have Harvey’s opinion on who should be appointed as his successor. Of course it wasn’t Mayor Moscone that made that decision. It ended up being Mayor Feinstein. One of the four people that Harvey said in his oral will that will be acceptable to him and acceptable to the community that he represented, and Harry Britt was one of those names. I think that there was a lot of pressure on Mayor Feinstein to be respectful of the wishes that Harvey had expressed in that oral will.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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