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B. Carroll Reece Papers

Identifier: MS-2298

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The collection B. Carroll Reece Papers, 1921-1944, consists of two series. The first series is entitled Series I: Letters to or concerning George S. C. Slagle, 1924-1944. It contains 43 items relating to Slagle of Jonesboro, Tenn. Most of the letters concern Slagle's compensation and pension for service-related disabilities incurred during World War I. Also, Reece attempts to have Slagle's friend Mr. Carter hired at the Plants. There are references to the Slagle Brother's sawmill in Jonesboro, Tenn., and the NRA codes affecting the mill's operations. In 1939, Reece discusses getting Slagle a Civil Service position as a Hospital Attendant at the Veterans' Administration Facility, Mountain Home, Tennessee. These papers reveal the inner workings of a member of congress and his constituency back home. Absent are correspondence during the years 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, and 1943. Twenty-five of the 43 items date from 1932 through 1935, eight items date to 1938 and 1939, and six date to 1929 and 1930.

Series II: Other items belonging to B. Carroll Reece, 1921-1934 contains five letters dealing with disabled WWI soldiers and a copy of the book Contested-Election Case of O. B. Lovette v. B. Carroll Reece From the First Congressional District of Tennessee, printed in 1933. Two letters were written in 1921, one in 1922, one in 1928, and the last in 1934.


  • 1921-1944

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The B. Carroll Reece Papers, 1921-1944, consists of letters and envelopes to or concerning George S. C. Slagle of Jonesboro, Tenn., or dealing with disabled WWI soldiers. It also includes a copy of the book about the contested Congressional election between Reece and O. B. Lovette in 1932.

Biographical/Historical Note

Brazilla Carroll Reece (1889-1961) was a conservative Republican politician, lawyer, banker, and publisher. He graduated as 1914 valedictorian from Carson-Newman College, earned a master's degree in economics and finance from New York University, and received his law degree from Cumberland University. From 1917 through 1919, Reece served in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I and received several decorations, including the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross. From 1946-1948, Reece was the Republican Party chairman and was the House Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Tennessee in the years 1921-1931, 1933-1947, and 1951-1961. Reece died while in office in 1961, and to fill the vacancy Reece's wife Louise Goff Reece (1898-1970) completed the term through 1963.


Collection consists of two series; Series I: Letters to or Concerning George S. C. Slagle and Series II: Other Items Belonging to B. Carroll Reece.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in July of 2000.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA