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Congressman Sam McReynolds of Tennessee

Congressman Sam McReynolds of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Very few people remember Samuel Davis McReynolds, who was a long-time Congressman representing Tennessee’s Third District, which includes Chattanooga; yet during his time, he was a highly…

James B. Frazier, Jr.

James B. Frazier, Jr.

By Ray Hill   James Beriah Frazier, Jr. came from one of Tennessee’s most distinguished families; young Jim was the son and namesake of a former governor and United States…

Congressman Wirt Courtney

Congressman Wirt Courtney

By Ray Hill William Wirt Courtney is barely remembered today and is likely an unfamiliar name to many residents of Tennessee, but for a decade, Courtney served in Congress, serving…

Congressman Carroll Reece Goes Back To Congress

Congressman Carroll Reece Goes Back To Congress

By Ray Hill For decades Tennessee was a one-party state, dominated by the Democrats. The exceptions were the First and Second Congressional districts in East Tennessee. Despite being the minority…

Key Pittman of Nevada

Key Pittman of Nevada

By Ray Hill Colorful characters are as much a part of the old West as tumbleweeds.  Key Pittman was certainly a colorful character.  Pittman caused a stir by using his…

Senator Joseph T. Robinson of Arkansas

Senator Joseph T. Robinson of Arkansas

By Ray Hill   Joseph Taylor Robinson was Majority Leader of the United States Senate during the first one hundred days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Few politicians have…

The Congressman From Crazy Town: Marion Zioncheck of Washington

The Congressman From Crazy Town: Marion Zioncheck of Washington

By Ray Hill Polls continue to show few people have much respect for Congress and its members, but when Marion Zioncheck was first elected in 1932, most Americans had both…

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky IV

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky IV

By Ray Hill   Albert Benjamin Chandler had once again defeated the state machine and won election to the governorship by a record majority twenty years after having first been…

A. B. Chandler of Kentucky, Part III

A. B. Chandler of Kentucky, Part III

By Ray Hill Governor Albert B. “Happy” Chandler had badly lost his bid to defeat Senator Alben W. Barkley for the United States Senate in 1938. The death of Kentucky’s…

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky, Part 2

By Ray Hill With his reform package having passed the state legislature and having eliminated Kentucky’s budget deficit, Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler was highly popular in his home state. Elected…