The Fight To Enlarge the Rules Committee

The Fight To Enlarge the Rules Committee

  By Ray Hill Few readers likely recall how very close the 1960 presidential election between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon truly was. Kennedy won by a margin of 0.17 percent of the vote, some 112,827 votes. As Kennedy prepared to take over from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the U. S. House of Representatives […]

The Death of Estes Kefauver

The Death of Estes Kefauver

  By Ray Hill Lyndon Johnson once called Estes Kefauver, “The greatest campaigner of them all.” Kefauver was no silver-tongued orator; in fact, he was oftentimes tongue-tied and frequently mangled names and phrases. Yet Estes Kefauver likely had no peer as a retail politician in meeting folks one-on-one. Estes Kefauver also generated strong feelings in […]

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ II

Carroll Reece: Tennessee’s ‘Mr. Republican’ II

By Ray Hill Sam R. Sells, the congressman from Tennessee’s First Congressional District, was a successful, forty-nine year-old businessman when he faced a challenge inside the Republican primary from Carroll Reece.  Reece was not quite thirty-one years old, well- educated and a highly decorated veteran of the World War.  Sells, a cigar-smoking, bushy-headed veteran of […]

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