George H. Bender of Ohio

George H. Bender of Ohio

By Ray Hill Ohio and Virginia vie for having produced the most Presidents of the United States.  William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding were all from Ohio.  William Henry Harrison was actually born in Virginia, but served as […]

Ernest McFarland of Arizona

Ernest McFarland of Arizona

By Ray Hill Outside of Arizona, few people remember Ernest McFarland save for the man Barry Goldwater beat to get to the United States Senate.  Yet Ernest McFarland was much more than a rudimentary politician.  McFarland rose from county judge to United States senator, governor, and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.  While in […]

Congressman Sam McReynolds of Tennessee

Congressman Sam McReynolds of Tennessee

  By Ray Hill Very few people remember Samuel Davis McReynolds, who was a long-time Congressman representing Tennessee’s Third District, which includes Chattanooga; yet during his time, he was a highly influential member of the House of Representatives.  Quite likely, McReynolds’ career has been eclipsed by that of his successor, Estes Kefauver. McReynolds was born […]

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ Pt12

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ Pt12

By Ray Hill Carroll Reece had spent a decade in Congress serving Tennessee’s First Congressional District when he had been upset by Oscar Byrd Lovette, the former district attorney general from Greene County in the 1930 general election.  Reece had faced a tough primary challenge that year from attorney Sam W. Price, yet it seemed […]

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ Pt9

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ Pt9

By Ray Hill Brazilla Carroll Reece had served Tennessee’s First Congressional District in Congress for ten years before losing the 1930 general election to Independent candidate Oscar Byrd Lovette. It was the first time in 52 years any candidate aside from a Republican had won a seat in Congress from the First Congressional District. Carroll […]

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ Pt8

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ Pt8

By Ray Hill Carroll Reece, congressman from Tennessee’s First Congressional District, had served for a decade. Yet, in the 1930 general election, Reece found himself surprisingly hard pressed by the challenge of Oscar Byrd Lovette, the former District Attorney for four Tennessee counties that surround Lovette’s home of Greene County. Tennessee’s First Congressional District was […]