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 […]

Watkins Overton, ‘Mr. Crump’s Mayor’

Watkins Overton, ‘Mr. Crump’s Mayor’

By Ray Hill Samuel Watkins Overton, Jr. came from one of Tennessee’s most prominent families; Overton was the great-great grandson of Judge John Overton, a contemporary of General Andrew Jackson and the founder of Memphis. Overton joined the law firm founded by Senator Kenneth D. McKellar in 1922. An aristocrat by Tennessee standards, Watkins Overton […]

The Last Years of Lawrence D. Tyson, II

The Last Years of Lawrence D. Tyson, II

By Ray Hill Lawrence Davis Tyson, Tennessee’s junior United States senator, was a wealthy former general, industrialist and newspaper publisher. Tyson and his wife, the former Bettie McGhee, lived in a beautiful home in Knoxville. Senator Tyson, tall, with a full head of white hair and neatly trimmed moustache, was especially interested in matters relating […]