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A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 17

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 17

By Ray Hill Many have long misunderstood U. S. Senator Kenneth McKellar and his complex relations with the Tennessee Valley Authority; in fact, some still perceive McKellar to have been…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 16

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 16

  By Ray Hill Kenneth McKellar was well established in the nation’s Capitol and by 1942 had served longer in the Senate than any of his colleagues save for E.…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 15

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 15

  By Ray Hill America’s entry in World War II brought significant changes to society and to Washington, D. C.  The population of the nation’s Capitol quite nearly doubled over…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 14

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 14

  By Ray Hill Senator Kenneth McKellar had been overwhelmingly reelected to an unprecedented (for Tennessee) fifth term in 1940.  It was during the decade of the forties that K.…

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,…