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, V

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, V

By Ray Hill 1964 was a presidential election year and Lyndon Johnson was running hard to win a term in his own right against Arizona senator Barry Goldwater.  Tennessee was slowly, but surely, becoming a two-party state.  The Republican nominee for president had carried the Volunteer State in 1920, 1928, 1952, 1956 and 1960.  Democrat […]

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: […]

Congresswoman Irene Baker

Congresswoman Irene Baker

By Ray Hill Edith Irene Bailey Baker is the only woman to represent Tennessee’s Second Congressional District in the U. S. House of Representatives.  For those folks who recall Irene Baker today, it is usually because she was the step-mother of U. S. Senator Howard Baker. Irene Bailey Baker was born in Sevierville and began […]

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