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The 1930 Senate Race: Cordell Hull Comes To the Senate

The 1930 Senate Race: Cordell Hull Comes To the Senate

By Ray Hill Cordell Hull had served in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1906, with one brief two-year interlude, when he announced he would be a candidate for…

In This Corner… Senator McKellar Slaps Publisher

In This Corner… Senator McKellar Slaps Publisher

By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, was well known for having a volatile temper and had won a well-deserved reputation as a feudist.  It was…

‘Mr. Speaker:’ John McCormack of Massachusetts

‘Mr. Speaker:’ John McCormack of Massachusetts

By Ray Hill   “I have no hesitancy in insisting that Government in an emergency do everything that can reasonably be done to relieve human suffering and distress.” That was…

‘Mr. Speaker:’ Sam Rayburn of Texas

By Ray Hill “Any jackass can kick down a barn, it takes a carpenter to build one.” So said Sam Rayburn of Texas. Completely bald, thickly built and one who…

All In One Lifetime: James F. Byrnes of South Carolina, Part II

All In One Lifetime: James F. Byrnes of South Carolina, Part II

By Ray Hill James F. Byrnes had resigned from the Supreme Court of the United States to accept the responsibility for running much of America’s war effort at the personal…

All In One Lifetime: James F. Byrnes of South Carolina

All In One Lifetime: James F. Byrnes of South Carolina

By Ray Hill The autobiography of James F. Byrnes of South Carolina was appropriately named All In One Lifetime.  Byrnes served as a Congressman, U. S. senator, Associate Justice of…

Mr. Speaker: Henry T. Rainey of Illinois

Mr. Speaker: Henry T. Rainey of Illinois

By Ray Hill   Few modern day Speakers of the U. S. House of Representatives are as little remembered as Henry T. Rainey of Illinois. One reason for that is…

Cactus Jack: John Nance Garner of Texas

Cactus Jack: John Nance Garner of Texas

By Ray Hill   John Nance Garner of Texas was one of the most colorful politicians of the twentieth century.  It was Garner who made one of the most oft-repeated…

‘Mr. Speaker:’ Nicholas Longworth of Ohio

‘Mr. Speaker:’ Nicholas Longworth of Ohio

‘By Ray Hill If Nicholas Longworth is remembered at all today, it’s usually because of his marriage to Alice Roosevelt, the tart-tongued daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt.  Alice Roosevelt was…

‘Mr. Speaker’: ‘Uncle Joe’ Cannon of Illinois

‘Mr. Speaker’: ‘Uncle Joe’ Cannon of Illinois

By Ray Hill One of the most colorful and powerful Speakers of the U. S. House of Representatives was Joseph Gurney Cannon of Illinois. Deeply conservative and thoroughly autocratic, “…

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