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 – […]

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

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

By Ray Hill The two most enduring political figures in Tennessee’s modern history are Kenneth McKellar and Cordell Hull.  McKellar holds the record in Tennessee for the longest tenure in Congress at forty-two years; K. D. McKellar remains Tennessee’s longest-serving United States senator at thirty-six years.  McKellar is also the first person ever to be […]

Tennessee political legends: Kenneth D. McKellar & Cordell Hull

Tennessee political legends: Kenneth D. McKellar & Cordell Hull

By Ray Hill I am oftentimes asked about Tennessee’s most enduring statesmen or politicians. Without a doubt, the two most enduring political figures in Tennessee’s modern political history are Kenneth D. McKellar and Cordell Hull. McKellar and Hull were contemporaries and colleagues. As men they shared some similarities and of course being distinct individuals, they […]

J. Carlton Loser of Nashville

J. Carlton Loser of Nashville

By Ray Hill Joseph Carlton Loser (pronounced Low-ser) enjoyed a successful career in law and politics for decades.  The long-time district attorney for Nashville and Davidson County, Loser eventually wound up in Congress and became associated with a spectacular case of voter fraud, which ended his congressional career and launched the career of another Davidson […]

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