Part Eight: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Eight: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Senator Albert Gore was campaigning hard for a fourth term in 1970. Gore had fended off a determined challenge in the Democratic primary from Governor Buford Ellington’s former press secretary, Hudley Crockett. Senator Gore’s opposition to the administration of Republican President Richard Nixon had made him a target in the 1970 elections […]

Part Six: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Six: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Having won a second six-year term in 1958 over serious opposition, Albert Gore returned to the Senate.  Although he had won a smashing reelection victory against former Governor Prentice Cooper, Gore believed the campaign left him with political scars that never quite healed.  The senator’s popularity in West Tennessee would never quite […]

Part Four: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Four: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

  By Ray Hill Albert Gore’s Congressional district had been eliminated in the redistricting following the 1950 election. Gore was unconcerned as he had something bigger in mind; he was determined to run for the United States Senate seat held by Kenneth D. McKellar. K. D. McKellar remains to this day Tennessee’s longest serving United […]

Part Three: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Three: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Congressman Albert Gore’s independent streak had not set well with President Franklin Roosevelt. FDR was not one to value independence in a legislator and tended to have a vindictive streak. As World War II raged on, there were rumblings that Gore would draw a serious opponent inside the Fourth Congressional district. One […]

Part Two: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Two: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill In 1938, Albert Gore defeated a host of opponents to go to Washington as the Fourth District’s Congressman.  Gore had long idolized a former Congressman from the Fourth District, Cordell Hull.  Hull had known Gore’s father quite well and lived in Carthage when in Tennessee.  Gore would frequently visit whenever Hull had […]

Horace Maynard

Horace Maynard

By Ray Hill There are quite a few things named for Horace Maynard in our community, not the least of which is Maynardville.  Yet, few people seem to recall Horace Maynard, who was one of the masters of Tennessee’s rough and tumble politics before and after the Civil War. Horace Maynard was, at one time […]

Congressman Leonidas Campbell Houk

Congressman Leonidas Campbell Houk

By Ray Hill For more than a decade Leonidas Campbell Houk was the Congressman from Tennessee’s Second District.  A man with neatly combed hair and a mustache that would have done justice to a Victorian villain; Houk was a popular political figure who tightly maintained his control of his district for years. Houk was born […]

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