Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, V

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, V

By Ray Hill William Gannaway “Parson” Brownlow had been elected governor of Tennessee in 1865, taking the oath of office four days before General Robert E. Lee tendered his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Governor Brownlow was engaged in a heated reelection campaign against former congressman Emerson Etheridge. The Parson had pledged vengeance […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, IV

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, IV

By Ray Hill William Gannaway Brownlow, better known to Tennesseans as “Parson” Brownlow, was another Volunteer State governor who made it to the United States Senate. Brownlow was as colorful a character, perhaps even more so, than his predecessor, Andrew Johnson. By trade, Brownlow was a journalist, minister of the cloth, and politician. Orphaned at […]

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, II

Tennessee Governors & the Path to the US Senate, II

By Ray Hill Only nine men have made the transition from governor of Tennessee to United States senator. One of those nine was one of the most successful politicians to take part in Tennessee’s turbulent politics: Andrew Johnson. In fact, Andrew Johnson prospered politically during the Civil War, the most tempestuous time in Tennessee’s history. […]

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, II

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, II

By Ray Hill “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anyone, come sit here by me” – pillow in the home of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, eldest child of former President Theodore Roosevelt, had been in the public eye since the assassination of William McKinley in 1901.  Banned from the White […]

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, I

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, I

  By Ray Hill Alice Roosevelt Longworth remained the most famous presidential daughter in our country’s history; certainly she was the most enduring. An especially astute observer of politics and things political, Alice Roosevelt Longworth was also known for her elegance, entertaining, and most especially her acid tongue. No insipid child dependent upon a powerful […]

Tennessee and the League of Nations, V

Tennessee and the League of Nations, V

By Ray Hill Despite intense pressure from constituents and his own political party, Senator John Knight Shields of Tennessee remained determined to vote his convictions as the United States Senate considered the Treaty of Versailles. John Knight Shields had been the only Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to break ranks and support the […]