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The Press Lords: Silliman Evans & James G. Stahlman

The Press Lords: Silliman Evans & James G. Stahlman

By Ray Hill It may well be quite difficult for many readers to imagine the importance of newspapers decades ago, as we now live in an age where the Internet…

The Kees of West Virginia

The Kees of West Virginia

By Ray Hill One of the lesser-known political dynasties in the country was birthed in the hollows and coal fields of West Virginia.  The Kee family dominated the politics of…

Tennessee in Congress: 1939

Tennessee in Congress: 1939

By Ray Hill   Tennessee has been quite fortunate in oftentimes having an excellent Congressional delegation.  The landscape and economic condition of Tennessee would be much different had it not…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VI

By Ray Hil By the decade of the 1940s, E. H. Crump, master of the Shelby County political machine, completely dominated Tennessee politics in partnership with Senator Kenneth D. McKellar. …

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part V

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part V

By Ray Hill Governor Gordon Browning had unleashed a fierce assault on the Memphis political machine, as well as its leader, E. H. Crump.  Browning proposed to institute a county…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part IV

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part IV

By Ray Hill Edward Hull Crump, in partnership with U. S. Senator Kenneth McKellar, began his domination of Tennessee politics in 1932.  Crump was then a member of Congress, although…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part III

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part III

By Ray Hill Henry Horton had won reelection as governor in 1930, but within days the landscape of Tennessee politics was forever altered.  Both Horton and his closest political adviser…

Governor Thomas C. Rye

Governor Thomas C. Rye

By Ray Hill Just after the turn of the century, Tennessee’s Democratic Party became almost hopelessly fractured.  The candidacies of two men helped to heal the deep divisions inside the…

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

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

By Ray Hill Estes Kefauver had started out his political life allied to the ruling faction in Tennessee politics; that of senior Senator Kenneth D. McKellar and E. H. Crump,…

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…

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