Congressman Pat Sutton of Tennessee Part Two

Congressman Pat Sutton of Tennessee Part Two

By Ray Hill Pat Sutton, congressman from Tennessee’s Seventh District, had been renominated over a strong opponent in the 1950 election and reelected that fall.  Clearly ambitious, Sutton, like several other Tennessee politicians, was carefully watching Tennessee’s senior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar.  The venerable McKellar was Tennessee’s longest serving U. S. senator (and […]

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, VI

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, VI

By Ray Hill The 1964 election in Tennessee centered around the presidential contest between incumbent Lyndon Johnson and Arizona senator Barry Goldwater. It also featured hard fought contests for both of Tennessee’s seats in the United States Senate. Senator Albert Gore, Tennessee’s “Old Gray Fox”, was seeking a third term in the U. S. Senate, […]

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, IV

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, IV

By Ray Hill Once a reliably Democratic state, Tennessee was a battleground state in the 1964 election.  Congressman Joe L. Evins of Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District was designated President Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign manager for the Volunteer State.  At the time, there was hardly any congressional district in the state more Democratic than that of […]

Tennessee and Women’s Suffrage: Ratifying the 19th Amendment

Tennessee and Women’s Suffrage: Ratifying the 19th Amendment

By Ray Hill It has been 100 years since Tennessee ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in our country.  It seems appropriate to celebrate the occasion in these pages. Tennessee became the battleground state for the ratification of the proposed nineteenth amendment to the Constitution of the […]

President Lyndon Johnson Comes to Knoxville

President Lyndon Johnson Comes to Knoxville

The 1964 Senate Races In Tennessee  By Ray Hill Lyndon Baines Johnson was a remarkably able politician.  The intricacies of Johnson’s complicated personality have likely best been examined in Robert Caro’s splendid multi-volume biography of Johnson.  Much of Johnson’s legacy has been obscured and earned him scorn due to one part of that same legacy: […]