A Few Tennesseans of Note

A Few Tennesseans of Note

Tennesseans and the New Deal By Ray Hill Few people today can imagine the suffering during the Great Depression; the Depression brought hardship, hunger and homelessness to millions of people throughout the United States. At the same time, many Americans were plagued by the terrible dust storms caused by a drought, accompanied by winds, that […]

The Unknown Congressman

The Unknown Congressman

Tom Murray of Tennessee By Ray Hill Lest anyone believes being elected to Congress is glamorous and allows one to bask in the limelight of attention by the press and the public, there are far more congressmen slogging through the daily chores that make up a congressman’s day.  Even today one only has to listen […]

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 […]

Congressman Pat Sutton of Tennessee

Congressman Pat Sutton of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Genuine war hero, sheriff, accused counterfeiter, convict and U. S. congressman from Tennessee, Pat Sutton was, if anything, a colorful character.  It may be difficult for some readers to imagine today, but the entire country had been unified in winning World War II.  White, black and brown; men and women; even Republicans […]

The Feudist

The Feudist

Senator K. D. McKellar vs. Drew Pearson By Ray Hill Kenneth D. McKellar was the first person ever to be popularly elected to the United States Senate in Tennessee. McKellar was also Tennessee’s longest serving senator, a record that remains unbroken. All told, K. D. McKellar spent forty-two years in Congress; six in the House […]

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, VIII

The 1964 Senate Races in Tennessee, VIII

By Ray Hill With less than a week left before Tennesseans went to the polls to cast their ballots to elect a president, as well as fill both of the Volunteer State’s seats in the United States Senate, the candidates campaign frenetically.  Senator Albert Gore hammered home his populist message, while Congressman Ross Bass, running […]

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