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Charles Fontenay Papers

Identifier: MPA-0202

This collection consists of one piece of correspondence from Richard Kluger (editor from Atheneum Publishers) to Charles Fontenay. Kluger addresses questions raised by Fontenay in a letter dated 1971 March 7. In addition to correspondence, Kluger attached his ten-page commentary of an undated draft of Fontenay's "Estes Kefauver: a biography." Note: The final three folders contain approximately two hundred and seventy pages of an undated draft of Fontenay's "Estes Kefauver: a biography." It is unclear if this is the draft referenced by Kluger.


  • circa 1971

Language of Materials note


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0.25 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection consists of drafts of and correspondence with commentary of Charles Fontenay's biography of Estes Kefauver, circa 1971.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Fontenay was born in 1917. He is the author of "Estes Kefauver: a biography" (1980). Fontenay died in 2007.

Carey Estes Kefauver was born in Madisonville, Tennessee on July 26, 1903. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1924 before graduating from Yale Law School in 1927. He became a member of the bar in 1926 and practiced in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his firm, Kefauver, Duggan, and McDonald. In 1935, he married Nancy Patterson Pigott and they eventually had four children.

Three years after a unsuccessful bid for the Tennessee State Senate in 1936, Kefauver served as Tennessee State commissioner of finance and taxation for a few months in 1939 before he was elected to the United States Congress where he served for ten years. In 1948, Kefauver was elected to the Senate where from 1949-1952 he held the position of chairman of the Special Committee on Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce that gained him national fame. Kefauver was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination twice in 1952 and 1956. However, he served in the United States Senate as a Democratic representative for Tennessee until his death on August 10, 1963. More information on Estes Kefauver's biography is found at

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.2515.

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