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 […]

Tennessee’s ‘Unholy Trinity:’ Walter ‘Pete’ Haynes

Tennessee’s ‘Unholy Trinity:’ Walter ‘Pete’ Haynes

By Ray Hill For decades the Tennessee General Assembly was largely ruled by three men: Walter M. “Pete” Haynes of Decherd; I. D. Beasley of Carthage and James H. Cummings of Woodbury.  Known as the “Unholy Trinity”, the three men were powerful legislators and highly important in their respective communities.  Beasley, Haynes and Cummings were […]

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