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 […]

The 1958 Senate Race in Tennessee, I

The 1958 Senate Race in Tennessee, I

By Ray Hill Albert Gore had been in the United States Senate for six years and had to face the voters once again in 1958.  Gore had spent fourteen years in the House of Representatives before challenging Tennessee’s longest serving United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar.  The forty-four year-old Gore had toppled the formidable Senator […]

Tennessee’s ‘Unholy Trinity:’ Walter ‘Pete’ Haynes

Tennessee’s ‘Unholy Trinity:’ Walter ‘Pete’ Haynes

By Ray Hill For decades the Tennessee General Assembly was largely ruled by three men: Walter M. “Pete” Haynes of Decherd; I. D. Beasley of Carthage and James H. Cummings of Woodbury.  Known as the “Unholy Trinity”, the three men were powerful legislators and highly important in their respective communities.  Beasley, Haynes and Cummings were […]

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, […]

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