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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 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,…

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…