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Congressman Carroll Reece Goes Back To Congress

Congressman Carroll Reece Goes Back To Congress

By Ray Hill For decades Tennessee was a one-party state, dominated by the Democrats. The exceptions were the First and Second Congressional districts in East Tennessee. Despite being the minority…

Key Pittman of Nevada

Key Pittman of Nevada

By Ray Hill Colorful characters are as much a part of the old West as tumbleweeds.  Key Pittman was certainly a colorful character.  Pittman caused a stir by using his…

Senator Joseph T. Robinson of Arkansas

Senator Joseph T. Robinson of Arkansas

By Ray Hill   Joseph Taylor Robinson was Majority Leader of the United States Senate during the first one hundred days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Few politicians have…

The Congressman From Crazy Town: Marion Zioncheck of Washington

The Congressman From Crazy Town: Marion Zioncheck of Washington

By Ray Hill Polls continue to show few people have much respect for Congress and its members, but when Marion Zioncheck was first elected in 1932, most Americans had both…

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky IV

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky IV

By Ray Hill   Albert Benjamin Chandler had once again defeated the state machine and won election to the governorship by a record majority twenty years after having first been…

A. B. Chandler of Kentucky, Part III

A. B. Chandler of Kentucky, Part III

By Ray Hill Governor Albert B. “Happy” Chandler had badly lost his bid to defeat Senator Alben W. Barkley for the United States Senate in 1938. The death of Kentucky’s…

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky, Part 2

By Ray Hill With his reform package having passed the state legislature and having eliminated Kentucky’s budget deficit, Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler was highly popular in his home state. Elected…

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky

The Irrepressible “Happy” Chandler: A. B. Chandler of Kentucky

By Ray Hill Few subjects excite as much commentary as politics and sports and Albert B. Chandler played a big role in both for decades.  Serving as governor, United States…

Louisiana’s Kingfish: Huey Long’s Rise to Power

Louisiana’s Kingfish:  Huey Long’s Rise to Power

By Ray Hill Huey Long’s rise to power began with his election to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.  He ran a surprisingly strong race for the gubernatorial nomination in 1924…

Louisiana’s Kingfish & the Squire of Hyde Park: Huey P. Long and FDR

Louisiana’s Kingfish & the Squire of Hyde Park: Huey P. Long and FDR

By Ray Hill   Two of the most successful politicians of the same era, Huey Pierce Long and Franklin Delano Roosevelt could hardly have been more different.  The handsome, courtly…

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