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The Senator And Mrs. Vanderbilt: Senator Peter Gerry of Rhode Island

The Senator And Mrs. Vanderbilt: Senator Peter Gerry of Rhode Island

By Ray Hill There are few people in our community who haven’t either heard of or visited the magnificent Biltmore House.  Biltmore was the vision of George Washington Vanderbilt II,…

The Old Warhorse of Tennessee Politics: Benton McMillin

The Old Warhorse of Tennessee Politics: Benton McMillin

By Ray Hill Almost entirely forgotten today, Benton McMillin was one of the most popular politicians in Tennessee for decades. McMillin served in Congress for twenty years, two terms as…

The Boy Wonder: Senator Rush Holt of West Virginia

The Boy Wonder: Senator Rush Holt of West Virginia

By Ray Hill Political success can come quickly and just as quickly be snuffed out. Rush D. Holt of West Virginia is a prime example of stunning political success at…

Senator Nathan L. Bachman

Senator Nathan L. Bachman

By Ray Hill Nathan L. Bachman is little remembered today, but was a highly regarded jurist and a popular United States Senator from Tennessee. Bachman was born August 2, 1878…

The Independent From Kentucky: John Sherman Cooper

The Independent From Kentucky: John Sherman Cooper

  By Ray Hill   John Sherman Cooper was one of the most enduring and popular public figures in Kentucky in the post World War II era and he was,…

Senator Ross Bass Part 2

Senator Ross Bass Part 2

By Ray Hill Congressman Ross Bass and Governor Frank Clement were fighting a close race for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in 1964 to complete the remaining…

Senator Ross Bass

Senator Ross Bass

By Ray Hill Few Tennesseans today remember Ross Bass who served the Volunteer State in Congress for a decade, as well as a brief term in the United States Senate. …

The White Chief: James K. Vardaman of Mississippi

The White Chief: James K. Vardaman of Mississippi

By Ray Hill The South produced a number of successful demagogues, not the least of which was James K. Vardaman, a governor and senator from Mississippi.  At the height of…

Edward Ward Carmack: Editor & Politician

Edward Ward Carmack: Editor & Politician

  By Ray Hill An imposing statue dominates the State Capitol in Nashville, yet few recognize the figure staring off into the distance, overlooking the street where he was murdered…

Hill McAlister of Tennessee

Hill McAlister of Tennessee

By Ray Hill Hill McAlister was governor of Tennessee during one of the most difficult times in our state’s history; McAlister was chief executive of the Volunteer State during the…