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The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part One

The Greatest Campaigner of Them All: Senator Estes Kefauver, Part One

By Ray Hill My grandmother was from Madisonville, Tennessee and I recall very well her traveling from her home in Maryville to attend the funeral of Senator Estes Kefauver in…

Fala – FDR’s Beloved Scottish Terrier

Fala – FDR’s Beloved Scottish Terrier

By Ray Hill The lives of presidents and kings are usually equally celebrated or condemned, yet Franklin Delano Roosevelt remains one of the most iconic of American presidents to this…

Governor Ben W. Hooper

Governor Ben W. Hooper

By Ray Hill For years, Ben W. Hooper was the most successful Republican politician in the state of Tennessee, if the measure was the ability to win a statewide election. …

Part Eight: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Eight: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Senator Albert Gore was campaigning hard for a fourth term in 1970. Gore had fended off a determined challenge in the Democratic primary from Governor Buford Ellington’s…

Part Seven: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Seven: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Congressman Ross Bass had been elected to the United States Senate in 1964 to fill out the remainder of the late Senator Estes Kefauver’s term of office.…

Part Six: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Six: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Having won a second six-year term in 1958 over serious opposition, Albert Gore returned to the Senate.  Although he had won a smashing reelection victory against former…

Part Five: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Five: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Albert Gore returned to Washington, D. C. in January of 1953 as a member of the United States Senate after having served fourteen years as a Member…

Part Four: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Four: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

  By Ray Hill Albert Gore’s Congressional district had been eliminated in the redistricting following the 1950 election. Gore was unconcerned as he had something bigger in mind; he was…

Part Three: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Three: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill Congressman Albert Gore’s independent streak had not set well with President Franklin Roosevelt. FDR was not one to value independence in a legislator and tended to have…

Part Two: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

Part Two: Tennessee’s Old Gray Fox Albert Gore

By Ray Hill In 1938, Albert Gore defeated a host of opponents to go to Washington as the Fourth District’s Congressman.  Gore had long idolized a former Congressman from the…