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A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 7

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 7

  By Ray Hill Republicans had done well in Tennessee during the decade of the 1920s in Tennessee. The zenith of Republican success was 1920 when Warren Harding had carried…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 6

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 6

  By Ray Hill Tennessee’s senior United States Senator, John Knight Shields, proved to be less than thrilled with President Woodrow Wilson’s cherished idea of America participating in the League…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 5

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 5

  By Ray Hill When K. D. McKellar first entered the United States Senate on March 4, 1917, he was forty-eight years old.  One long-time Senate employee recalled McKellar was…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 4

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 4

  By Ray Hill Tennessee Democrats entered the 1910 gubernatorial campaign divided and in disarray.  Many Democrats breathed a collective sigh of relief when the veteran old campaigner Robert Love…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 3

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar, Chapter 3

  By Ray Hill Even as a freshman Congressman, Kenneth McKellar had demonstrated an ability to bring improvements and projects to his district, a talent that would serve him and…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar Chapter 2

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar Chapter 2

By Ray Hill Kenneth McKellar was forty-two years old when first elected to the House of Representatives in a 1911 special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death…

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar Chapter 1

A Feudin’ Son of Tennessee: Kenneth McKellar Chapter 1

  By Ray Hill It will soon be one hundred years since the people of Tennessee elected their first United States Senator by popular vote in 1916.  Prior to that…

The Senator’s Secretary: D. W. McKellar

The Senator’s Secretary:  D. W. McKellar

  By Ray Hill Tennessee’s longest serving United States Senator, Kenneth D. McKellar, employed several secretaries during his thirty-six years as a member of the nation’s upper chamber. For sixteen…

The U.S. Senate In The Age of McKellar: 1917 – 1953

The U.S. Senate In The Age of McKellar: 1917 – 1953

By Ray Hill   Kenneth Douglas McKellar arrived in the United States Senate in 1917 and it was a much sleepier place than it would become a few decades later.…

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VII

Edward Hull Crump: The Boss, Part VII

  By Ray Hill Despite encountering stiff opposition to the candidates supported by Shelby County Boss E. H. Crump and Tennessee’s senior United States Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, the two…