The Last Vestige of the Crump Machine: Clifford Davis, Part II

The Last Vestige of the Crump Machine:  Clifford Davis, Part II

By Ray Hill Congressman Clifford Davis of Memphis had served in the House of Representatives since 1940 and in 1959 was the chairman of the House Public Works Committee.  A relatively obscure committee to most folks, it became of prime importance to Tennessee.  Davis was pushing a bill vital to the Tennessee Valley Authority, a […]

Charles Evans Hughes

Charles Evans Hughes

By Ray Hill Charles Evans Hughes achieved just about every high office that could come to one man save one: the presidency, and he came mighty close to achieving that as well.  Judge Learned Hand once paid tribute to both Hughes and his son, Charles Evan Hughes, Jr., saying, the elder Hughes was the greatest […]

Robert A. Taft of Ohio

Robert A. Taft of Ohio

By Ray Hill There are likely more pedigrees in politics than the American Kennel Club and if anyone ever possessed a pedigree, it would be Robert Alphonso Taft of Ohio.  For decades, Robert A. Taft was one of the most prominent members of the United States Senate.  The power of his intellect was acknowledged by […]

John W. Bricker of Ohio

John W. Bricker of Ohio

By Ray Hill Few politicians have a career as successful as that of John William Bricker of Ohio; state attorney general (an elected position in Ohio), three times governor and twice United States senator. Bricker came from very humble beginnings, born on September 6, 1893, along with a twin sister, in Madison County, Ohio.  Handsome […]

Arthur Capper of Kansas

Arthur Capper of Kansas

By Ray Hill “If you trust the people, they will trust you.” Arthur Capper Before there was Bob Dole, there was Arthur Capper. Capper was the most successful politician in Kansas for decades. Of the many campaigns he waged, he lost only one. He served two terms as governor and served in the United States […]

The 1934 Senate Race In Tennessee

By Ray Hill Part One By 1934, Republicans were not much of a factor in statewide elections in Tennessee.  The political landscape in the Volunteer State had changed with the resignation of Senator Cordell Hull, who had agreed to serve as Secretary of State in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.  It […]

The Great Depression in Tennessee

By Ray Hill   Tennessee, like the rest of the country, was suffering terribly from the effects of the Great Depression.  Despite the general impression the 1920s had been a decade of plenty and prosperity, that was not entirely true in the South. Tennessee was especially hard hit.  Following the crash of the stock market, […]

Vice President Harry Truman

By Ray Hill Only three men served less time in office as Vice President of the United States than Harry S. Truman. John Tyler succeeded to the presidency after thirty-one days when William Henry Harrison caught cold, which turned into pneumonia. Andrew Johnson had been vice president for forty-two days when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. […]

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