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Thunder On the Mountain: Matthew M. Neely of West Virginia

Thunder On the Mountain: Matthew M. Neely of West Virginia

By Ray Hill Matthew Mansfield Neely may be the most resilient politician in our nation’s history.  Perhaps the only person in recorded history who made a better comeback than Neely…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 22

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 22

  By Ray Hill On January 29, 1952, Kenneth McKellar celebrated his eighty-third birthday. He had served as Tennessee’s United States Senator for quite nearly thirty-six years after almost six…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 21

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 21

  By Ray Hill Richard Riedel was a veteran employee of the United States Senate, working almost fifty years in one capacity or another.  Riedel first came to the Senate…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 20

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 20

  By Ray Hill Kenneth McKellar, Tennessee’s eighty-year-old senior U. S. Senator, had resumed his positions of power and influence inside the Senate. His relations with his new and younger…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 19

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 19

By Ray Hill With President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, World War II came to an end.  The American people were tiring of rationing and the…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 18

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 18

By Ray Hill In 1945 Senator Kenneth McKellar was seventy-six years old and had served in the United States Senate for twenty-nine years, longer than any other Tennessean.  McKellar was…

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.…