Reece vs. Waters; Old vs. Young

Reece vs. Waters; Old vs. Young

By Ray Hill This column is written for my friend Alexander Waters and his family.  I knew Alexander’s grandfather, John B. Waters, Jr.  Mr. Waters was one of those young Republicans, like Jim Haslam, who helped elect Howard Baker, Tennessee’s first popularly elected Republican U. S. senator.  John Waters, Jr. was Baker’s campaign manager. It […]

Colorful Knox Countians: Austin Cate of Riverdale, II

Colorful Knox Countians: Austin Cate of Riverdale, II

  By Ray Hill Austin Cate, Knox County’s sheriff, had won resounding victories in both the Republican primary and the general election in 1948 to win reelection. Cate had faced formidable opposition in the GOP primary from former Finance Commissioner Ed Burchfield and C. W. “Buddy” Jones in the general election. Cate and Jones would […]

Colorful Knox Countians: Austin Cate of Riverdale, I

Colorful Knox Countians: Austin Cate of Riverdale, I

  By Ray Hill Cate was a familiar name to voters in Knox County, especially when they were picking a sheriff.  William T. Cate had been sheriff and J. Carroll Cate was sheriff from 1936 – 1940.  In 1946, six-foot-five, 350-pound Hazen Kreis was leaving the sheriff’s office, having served three two-year consecutive terms.  Kreis […]

Tennessee political legends: Kenneth D. McKellar & Cordell Hull, IV

Tennessee political legends: Kenneth D. McKellar & Cordell Hull, IV

  By Ray Hill Cordell Hull, Secretary of State under Franklin D. Roosevelt, had simmered for years with resentment due to having been marginalized by the president.  Yet Roosevelt depended upon Hull’s reservoir of good will with both the Congress and the American people.  Cordell Hull was an integral part of selling any controversial aspect […]

Tennessee political legends: Kenneth D. McKellar & Cordell Hull, III

Tennessee political legends: Kenneth D. McKellar & Cordell Hull, III

By Ray Hill Tennessee has been quite fortunate to produce any number of political figures of national importance, as well as those who have wielded enormous influence in Congress.  Aside from Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk (a political protégé of Jackson’s), and Andrew Johnson – – – the three presidents from the Volunteer State – […]

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