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A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 13

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 13

  By Ray Hill By 1940, Kenneth McKellar had represented Tennessee in the United States Senate longer than any other man.  At seventy-one, the senator showed no signs of slowing…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 12

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 12

By Ray Hill E. H. Crump, leader of the Shelby County political machine, had been bitterly disappointed by his favored candidate for the 1936 gubernatorial nomination, Gordon Browning.  Crump and…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 11

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 11

By Ray Hill Kenneth McKellar was Tennessee’s senior United States Senator and had been reelected easily in 1934 for another six-year term.  McKellar had carried with him his junior colleague…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 10

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 10

By Ray Hill Kenneth McKellar was sixty-five years old in 1934 as he sought reelection to a fourth term in the United States Senate.  Congressman Gordon Browning had thought to…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 9

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 9

  By Ray Hill The political partnership of U. S. Senator Kenneth McKellar and Memphis Boss Ed Crump had made them the masters of Tennessee politics by 1933.  The correspondence…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 8

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 8

  By Ray Hill The collapse of the House of Caldwell not only destroyed Governor Henry Horton politically, but Luke Lea as well.  The governor, by the slimmest of margins,…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 7

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 7

  By Ray Hill Republicans had done well in Tennessee during the decade of the 1920s in Tennessee. The zenith of Republican success was 1920 when Warren Harding had carried…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 6

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 6

  By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States Senator, John Knight Shields, proved to be less than thrilled with President Woodrow Wilson’s cherished idea of America participating in the League…

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…