Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XVI

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XVI

By Ray Hill When Senator Estes Kefauver’s aorta ruptured on the evening of August 13, 1963, it set off a scramble to succeed him.  Governor Frank Clement appointed millionaire businessman Herbert “Hub” Walters of Morristown to fill the remainder of Kefauver’s term until a special 1964 election could be held.  Although conservative by the standard […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XIII

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XIII

By Ray Hill Malcolm Patterson, twice elected governor of Tennessee, had attempted to make a political comeback by entering the first U. S. Senate race where the people nominated candidates for the general election in 1915. Patterson faced stiff opposition in the incumbent, Senator Luke Lea, and Congressman Kenneth D. McKellar. Neither Patterson nor Lea […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XI

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, XI

By Ray Hill Malcolm Rice Patterson, the “gamecock” of Tennessee politics, had left the governor’s mansion in 1911 as a hugely controversial figure and bitterly hated by many inside his own party. To make matters worse, a combine of “fusionists,” Democrats opposed to Patterson and Republicans, had elected Ben W. Hooper governor in the 1910 […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, X

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, X

By Ray Hill Malcolm Rice Patterson enjoyed a meteoric rise in Tennessee politics until the consequences of his own actions ended his career.  Redheaded, thin, with angular features, Malcolm Patterson was known throughout Tennessee as a dynamic and gifted speaker.  There were those of his admirers who thought Patterson was one of the greatest orators […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, IX

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, IX

By Ray Hill James Beriah Frazier had been elected governor of Tennessee in 1902.  A tall, stately man with an elegant appearance, James B. Frazier certainly looked the part of a governor.  Despite his aristocratic appearance, James B. Frazier had worked his way through law school.  The future governor taught school for two years and […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, VIII

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, VIII

By Ray Hill Benton McMillin was such a fixture in Tennessee politics he was regarded as the “Old Warhorse” of the Democratic Party in the state.  After spending twenty years in Congress from Tennessee’s Fourth District, Benton McMillin twice served as governor of Tennessee.  Yet the pinnacle of McMillin’s political ambition was to win election […]

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