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 […]

The 1924 Senate Race in Tennessee, II

The 1924 Senate Race in Tennessee, II

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States senator, John Knight Shields, was a candidate for a third term in 1924.  Shields faced two formidable opponents inside the Democratic primary: General Lawrence D. Tyson of Knoxville and former state Supreme Court Justice Nathan L. Bachman of Chattanooga.  All three candidates hailed from East Tennessee and Shields […]