Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Two

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Two

   By Ray Hill   Thirty-two year old William E. Brock, III had managed the impossible, winning Tennessee’s Third Congressional district in 1962.  It was the first time the Third District had elected a Republican congressman since 1920.  Brock was one of three Republicans in the Tennessee Congressional delegation, joining Howard Baker, Sr. and Jimmy […]

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part One

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part One

By Ray Hill The transformation of turning Tennessee from a solidly Democratic state to a two-party state belongs to the candidacies of three men: Howard Baker, Bill Brock and Winfield Dunn. Perhaps Bill Brock is less well remembered than either Howard Baker or Winfield Dunn because he never returned to Tennessee to live after establishing […]

The 1920 Election In Tennessee, Part Two

The 1920 Election In Tennessee, Part Two

By Ray Hill Governor Albert H. Roberts, first elected in 1918, was having a difficult time winning reelection in 1920. Tennessee had traditionally given governors a second two-year term, save for the most controversial or incompetent. Roberts had been an able enough administrator, but had proven to be rather hapless when dealing with legislative matters. […]

The 1920 Election In Tennessee, Part 1

The 1920 Election In Tennessee, Part 1

By Ray Hill Republicans were nowhere near a majority in the state of Tennessee in 1920, although they were briefly a force to be reckoned with when the Democrats were torn asunder by strife. Ben W. Hooper had twice been elected governor in 1910 and 1912 following a period of especially fierce infighting amongst Tennessee […]

The 1934 Senate Race In Tennessee, Part One

The 1934 Senate Race In Tennessee, Part One

By Ray Hill By 1934, Republicans were not much of a factor in statewide elections in Tennessee. The political landscape in the Volunteer State had changed with the resignation of Senator Cordell Hull, who had agreed to serve as Secretary of State in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. It fell to […]

Mr. Speaker: Joseph W. Byrns of Tennessee

Mr. Speaker: Joseph W. Byrns of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Clearly, one of the most important and powerful positions in the American system of government is Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives.  The last Tennessean to occupy this vital post was Joseph W. Byrns. Joseph Wellington Byrns was born July 20, 1869 in Cedar Hill, Tennessee.  Byrns graduated from Vanderbilt […]

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