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A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 5

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 5

  By Ray Hill When K. D. McKellar first entered the United States Senate on March 4, 1917, he was forty-eight years old.  One long-time Senate employee recalled McKellar was…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 4

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 4

  By Ray Hill Tennessee Democrats entered the 1910 gubernatorial campaign divided and in disarray.  Many Democrats breathed a collective sigh of relief when the veteran old campaigner Robert Love…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 3

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 3

  By Ray Hill Even as a freshman Congressman, Kenneth McKellar had demonstrated an ability to bring improvements and projects to his district, a talent that would serve him and…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar Chapter 2

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar Chapter 2

By Ray Hill Kenneth McKellar was forty-two years old when first elected to the House of Representatives in a 1911 special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar Chapter 1

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar Chapter 1

  By Ray Hill It will soon be one hundred years since the people of Tennessee elected their first United States Senator by popular vote in 1916.  Prior to that…

The Senator’s Secretary: D. W. McKellar

The Senator’s Secretary:  D. W. McKellar

  By Ray Hill Tennessee’s longest serving United States Senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, employed several secretaries during his thirty-six years as a member of the nation’s upper chamber. For sixteen…

The U.S. Senate In The Age of McKellar: 1917 – 1953

The U.S. Senate In The Age of McKellar: 1917 – 1953

By Ray Hill   Kenneth Douglas McKellar arrived in the United States Senate in 1917 and it was a much sleepier place than it would become a few decades later.…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VII

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VII

  By Ray Hill Despite encountering stiff opposition to the candidates supported by Shelby County Boss E. H. Crump and Tennessee’s senior United States Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, the two…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

By Ray Hil By the decade of the 1940s, E. H. Crump, master of the Shelby County political machine, completely dominated Tennessee politics in partnership with Senator Kenneth D. McKellar. …

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part V

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part V

By Ray Hill Governor Gordon Browning had unleashed a fierce assault on the Memphis political machine, as well as its leader, E. H. Crump.  Browning proposed to institute a county…