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The Southern Gentleman: Winfield Dunn

The Southern Gentleman: Winfield Dunn

By Ray Hill Bryant Winfield Culberson Dunn was born July 1, 1927, the son of Aubert and Dorothy Dunn.  Anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing Winfield Dunn cannot…

FDR Comes to Tennessee

FDR Comes to Tennessee

By Ray Hill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Tennessee several times during his presidency.  It gave local politicians the opportunity to bask in the glow of Roosevelt’s magnetic presence…

The Old Confederate: William Brimage Bate

The Old Confederate: William Brimage Bate

By Ray Hill Just a few years following America’s bloody Civil War, as states were readmitted to the Union, old Confederates began to arrive in Congress.  The United States Senate…

Chapman Revercomb of West Virginia

Chapman Revercomb of West Virginia

  By Ray Hill West Virginia was once one of the more reliably Republican states in the country.  Following the Great Depression and the rise of the machine headed by…

Theodore Francis Green of Rhode Island

Theodore Francis Green of Rhode Island

By Ray Hill Before Strom Thurmond, Theodore Francis Green was well known for some years as being the oldest member of the United States Senate. First elected when he was…

Peggy Eaton: The Woman Who Brought Down A Cabinet

Peggy Eaton: The Woman Who Brought Down A Cabinet

By Ray Hill Margaret “Peggy” Timberlake Eaton has been the subject of books and even one Hollywood film (The Gorgeous Hussy) and is oftentimes portrayed as the vixen who nearly…

A Tale of Tennessee and the FBI: Senator K. D. McKellar and J. Edgar Hoover

A Tale of Tennessee and the FBI:  Senator K. D. McKellar and J. Edgar Hoover

By Ray Hill Francis Biddle, was Attorney General of the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and noted Tennessee’s Senator Kenneth D. McKellar could be “obstinate” and “vindictive”, but…

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter V

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter V

By Ray Hill Prentice Cooper was barred by state law from seeking yet another term as Tennessee’s governor in 1944; there was no Senate seat to contest and he was…

Governor Prentice Cooper Chapter IV

Governor Prentice Cooper Chapter IV

By Ray Hill Governor Prentice Cooper was seeking a third two-year term in 1942 and found himself hard pressed by his opponent, J. Ridley Mitchell. Mitchell was a wily politician…

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter III

Governor Prentice Cooper, Chapter III

By Ray Hill The administration of Governor Prentice Cooper, unlike that of his predecessor Gordon Browning, had been relatively quiet. Cooper and Browning were as different in temperament as they…