Crump Goes To Congress, II

Crump Goes To Congress, II

By Ray Hill Edward H. Crump, leader of the Shelby County political machine, had decided to go to Congress in 1930. The incumbent, Hubert Fisher, had not been ready to retire despite the fact he was quite nearly entirely deaf. Relations between Crump and his long-time friend Senator Kenneth McKellar were strained as the Memphis […]

Crump Goes To Congress, I

Crump Goes To Congress, I

By Ray Hill   Edward Hull Crump, master of the machine that ruled Memphis and Shelby County for decades, held a variety of elected offices – – – Mayor of Memphis, county Trustee, but most have forgotten he was also elected to Congress.  Elective office was not essential to either Crump’s rule or ego; in […]

Congressman Robert Crosser of Ohio

Congressman Robert Crosser of Ohio

By Ray Hill For so many of us, members of Congress from other states are of little interest, yet so many of those faceless individuals have compelling stories and remain in the House of Representatives for decades, accruing seniority and power.  Robert Crosser served in Congress for thirty-eight years and it would likely have been […]

Louis Rabaut of Michigan

Louis Rabaut of Michigan

 By Ray Hill There were several Congressional districts across the country largely populated by immigrants.  There were districts in New York City with a heavy Italian population, while similar districts in Illinois and Michigan were inhabited by Polish citizens.  Across the Midwest there were states where German-Americans were an important constituency.  Most of the Congressional […]

Sol Bloom of New York

Sol Bloom of New York

By Ray Hill The son of Polish immigrants, Sol Bloom was at various times a theatre impresario, real estate magnate, composer and long-time congressman.  Bloom was deeply interested in foreign affairs in the House of Representatives and finally achieved his ambition of becoming Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he was profoundly concerned […]

Tennessee And FDR’S Court Packing Plan, II

Tennessee And FDR’S Court Packing Plan, II

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, coming off his greatest reelection campaign, had announced he was submitting legislation to Congress to expand the United State Supreme Court.  Roosevelt’s proposal was widely and bitterly attacked in much of the press and despite huge Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress, many Democrats were openly opposed […]