Cactus Jack: John Nance Garner of Texas

By Ray Hill   John Nance Garner of Texas was one of the most colorful politicians of the twentieth century.  It was Garner who made one of the most oft-repeated comments about the vice presidency.  Garner described the office as not being “worth a bucket of warm spit”, yet the actual quote, according to Garner’s […]

‘Mr. Speaker:’ Nicholas Longworth of Ohio

‘By Ray Hill If Nicholas Longworth is remembered at all today, it’s usually because of his marriage to Alice Roosevelt, the tart-tongued daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt.  Alice Roosevelt was anything but conventional and while their marriage started out with much promise, it grew somewhat cold.  The only child born during their union, a child […]

The Triumph and Tragedy of Woodrow Wilson II

By Ray Hill Woodrow Wilson returned to America to face a hostile Republican Congress and a people tired of the war. Wilson believed if he could reach the American people, he could convince them the United States’ participation in the League of Nations was essential. Wilson embarked on a tour of the country by train, […]

The Triumph and Tragedy of Woodrow Wilson I

By Ray Hill Woodrow Wilson was the first Democrat to be reelected to a second consecutive term since Andrew Jackson.  He had campaigned on the slogan, “He Kept Us Out of War” in 1916 and the President faced a serious opponent in the person of Charles Evans Hughes.  Hughes is the only person in American […]

The Tennessee Nightingale: Grace Moore

By Ray Hill The story of Grace Moore is not at all political in nature and hopefully readers of this column will not be sorely disappointed.  Miss Moore’s story is, however uniquely and quintessentially American.  It is both an interesting story and certainly part of Tennessee’s history.  Grace Moore rose from truly humble beginnings and […]

Senator James E. Murray of Montana

By Ray Hill Occasionally, a candidate comes out of nowhere to win an election.  It is not a common occurrence in politics, but it has happened throughout our history.  James Edward Murray was one such candidate. Born May 3, 1876 in Canada, young Murray was sent to the United States to live with an uncle, […]

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