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Frances Whitney Hull Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MPA-0313
This collection contains letter from Frances Whitney Hull, wife of Cordell Hull, to Elsie Musser. The majority of the letters are only partially dated. Most are social, and some discuss the progressive decline of her husband's health.

Dates

  • 1931 - 1951

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Modern Political Archives are housed at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Researchers interested in consulting the MPA collections are advised to contact the Modern Political Archives .

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Modern Political Archives .

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Abstract

This collection contains letters from Frances Whitney Hull, wife of Cordell Hull, to Elsie Musser. The majority of the letters are only partially dated. Most are social, and some discuss the progressive decline of her husband's health.

The Frances Hull Cars, no date, contains a short note to an unknown recipient from Frances Hull, the wife of Tennessee politician Cordell Hull. It mentions the trade agreement bill, endorsed by Hull in the mid-1930s, so card is possibly from 1933 or 1934. Handwritten note by Frances Hull on card with Mrs. Hull printed on front and struck through, undated.

Transcription of Card Thank you, my dear, for your gracious, and kind thoughts and deeds. We appreciate all you do. I am just back from Ala. trying trying to get over [grip] which which simply mowed me down in Jan. Feel some better. Hope to get Cordell away for a rest as soon as trade agreement bill is out of the way. He won a great victory; I hope all will go well in the last rounds. Your Senator did the best he could thanks to you, including all of your work. Both send love.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cordell Hull was born in Pickett County, TN, in 1871. He attended the National Normal University in Lebanon, OH from 1889-1890 and then studied law at the Cumberland University Law School. He started his political career in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1893 and continued until 1897. He served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War as a Captain of the Fourth Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. Hull later became a member of the United States House of Representatives, a position he held for 11 terms. In 1931 he left the House to become a Senator. In 1933 Hull was selected by then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the Secretary of State, where he became an avid supporter of the United Nations. He served as Secretary of State for 11 years, the longest then and since, until 1944 when he resigned due to failing health. In 1945 Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize. He died in 1955 at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.2673.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480