Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Eight

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Eight

Buford Ellington had barely taken the oath of office when speculation became rife as to who the next governor of Tennessee might be; Ellington had faced no Republican on the ballot in 1966, but Howard Baker had become the first member of the GOP to be popularly elected to the United States Senate.  Incumbent U. […]

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Seven

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Seven

By Ray Hill Franklin Haney was urged to run for Congress from the Third District when Tennessee Young Democrats adopted a resolution during a convention in Knoxville encouraging him to make the race. The twenty-six year-old Haney was receptive and announced his candidacy for Congress in May. Although young, Haney had worked for U. S., […]

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Five

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Five

By Ray Hill Congressmen Bill Brock and Jimmy Quillen, along with their newly elected colleague John Duncan, gave a dinner for Republican legislators after the 1964 election.  Howard Baker attended the dinner and was surprised when the legislators unanimously announced they wanted him to serve as Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.  Bill Brock spoke […]

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Four

Bill Brock of Tennessee, Part Four

By Ray Hill Bill Brock had yet to finish his first full year in Congress when he came to Knoxville to speak to a Young Republican leadership-training program. Brock had worked tirelessly to help build the Tennessee Republican Party and make Tennessee a genuine two-party state. Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, seeking the Republican presidential nomination, […]

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 […]