David I. Walsh of Massachusetts

David I. Walsh of Massachusetts

By Ray Hill When folks think of successful Irish politicians from Massachusetts, they tend to think in terms of the Kennedys, John and Ted.  Yet the first and most enduring Irish-Catholic politician from Massachusetts was not a Kennedy; it was David Ignatius Walsh.  For over three decades, David I. Walsh defied the political tides and […]

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 20

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 20

  By Ray Hill Kenneth McKellar, Tennessee’s eighty-year-old senior U. S. Senator, had resumed his positions of power and influence inside the Senate. His relations with his new and younger colleague, Estes Kefauver, had not improved. The origin of the dispute had occurred when Kefauver, evidently anticipating the election of Republican Thomas E. Dewey instead […]

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 15

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 15

  By Ray Hill America’s entry in World War II brought significant changes to society and to Washington, D. C.  The population of the nation’s Capitol quite nearly doubled over a period of months; rationing went into effect, affecting the availability of meat, butter, sugar, gasoline and tires for automobiles.  Even fashions were affected by […]