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 […]

‘The Terror of Tennessee’ Parson Brownlow

‘The Terror of Tennessee’ Parson Brownlow

By Ray Hill William Gannaway Brownlow was one of the most controversial figures in Tennessee history. “Parson” Brownlow was highly controversial during his own time and few figures ever relished the political battles he waged more than the man who was a pastor, editor, governor and United States senator. Brownlow was born in Virginia in […]