Tennessee’s Hermitage District, I

Tennessee’s Hermitage District, I

By Ray Hill Joseph Wellington Byrns was almost surely the most popular political figure inside Tennessee’s “Hermitage District.”  That was the Congressional district in Tennessee which encompassed Nashville and the “Hermitage”, home of General Andrew Jackson.  For nearly twenty-eight years, that same district had been represented by Jo Byrns.  Tall and lean with white hair […]

The 1928 U.S. Senate Race in Tennessee, II

The 1928 U.S. Senate Race in Tennessee, II

 By Ray Hill   Kenneth D. McKellar, Tennessee’s senior United States senator, had won a thumping renomination inside the Democratic primary, beating Congressman Finis Garrett, the Minority Leader of the U. S. House of Representatives.  Tennessee Republicans had nominated James A. Fowler, the mayor of Knoxville, to run in the general election.  One of the […]

The 1958 Senate Race in Tennessee, III

The 1958 Senate Race in Tennessee, III

By Ray Hill Prentice Cooper, former three-time governor of Tennessee, had been on the comeback trail in a crowded primary election to win the Democratic nomination to claim his residency in the governor’s mansion. While some might have discounted the wealthy former governor’s chances of winning the nomination, nobody really knew just how the race […]

The 1958 Senate Race in Tennessee, II

The 1958 Senate Race in Tennessee, II

By Ray Hill Prentice Cooper of Shelbyville, three times governor of Tennessee, had announced he would once again seek to become the Volunteer State’s chief executive on New Year’s day in 1958.  The sixty-two year old Cooper was one of many prospective candidates all of whom were warily circling one another.  Prentice Cooper’s own announcement […]

Walter Chandler

Walter Chandler

By Ray Hill Walter Chandler enjoyed a long and productive political career, serving as a state legislator, congressman and mayor of Memphis.  Chandler was also a highly successful attorney and was responsible for the Baker vs. Carr lawsuit that guaranteed Americans the right of one man, one vote. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Walter Chandler […]

Crump Goes To Congress, V

Crump Goes To Congress, V

By Ray Hill After Congress had adjourned in 1933, Edward Hull Crump, congressman from Tennessee’s Tenth District, took his wife on a three-month tour of Europe. The Crumps returned on September 26, 1933 and the Congressman stopped off in his Washington office to clear off his desk. Crump had a talk with James A. Farley, […]

Tennessee And FDR’S Court Packing Plan, II

Tennessee And FDR’S Court Packing Plan, II

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, coming off his greatest reelection campaign, had announced he was submitting legislation to Congress to expand the United State Supreme Court.  Roosevelt’s proposal was widely and bitterly attacked in much of the press and despite huge Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress, many Democrats were openly opposed […]

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