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 […]

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 […]