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United States Senate Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MPA-0316
This collection houses two cards and six letters from eight United States Senators from Tennessee. Most are short letters to their constituents. The letters of Albert Arnold Gore, Sr., Howard H. Baker, Jr., James Sasser, and Estes Kefauver express their opinions on various political matters.

Dates

  • 1929 - 1978

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

0.125 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Abstract

This collection houses two cards and six letters from eight United States Senators from Tennessee. Most are short letters to their constituents. The letters of Albert Arnold Gore, Sr., Howard H. Baker, Jr., James Sasser, and Estes Kefauver express their opinions on various political matters.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lawrence Davis Tyson (1861–1929) was an American general and politician, operating primarily out of Knoxville, Tennessee, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He moved to Knoxville in 1891 to teach military science at the University of Tennessee and commanded the 6th Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War. From 1902 to 1908, Tyson served in the Tennessee House of Representatives and was Speaker of the House from 1903 to 1905. He also served as a Democratic United States Senator from Tennessee from 1925 until his death.

Arthur Thomas Stewart (1892–1972) was a lawyer and Democratic United States Senator from Tennessee from 1939 to 1949. Stewart was born in Dunlap, Tennessee and attended Cumberland School of Law. In 1923 he became district attorney for the 18th Circuit and in 1925 he was the chief prosecutor for the Scopes Trial in which a high school Biology teacher was accused of teaching evolution. Stewart entered politics in 1938 by running to fill the vacancy of then recently deceased Senator Nathan L Bachman.

Kenneth Douglas McKellar (1869–1957) was an American politician from Tennessee who served as a United States Representative from 1911 until 1917 and as a United States Senator from 1917 until 1953. A Democrat, he served longer in both houses of Congress than anyone else in Tennessee history, and only a few others in American history have served longer in both houses.

Carey Estes Kefauver (1903-1963) was a United States House Representative (1939-1949), United States Senator (1950-1963), and 1956 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1924 and Yale Law School in 1927. During his years in the Senate, he served on the Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, voted for the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960, and sponsored the Kefauver-Harris Drug Control Act of 1962.

Albert Arnold Gore, Sr., (1907-1998) attended the University of Tennessee, graduated from what is now Middle Tennessee State University in 1932, and attained a law degree from the Nashville Young Mens' Christian Academy law school in 1936. He was Tennessee's Commissioner of Labor (1937), a United States House Representative (1939-1953), and a United States Senator (1953-1971). While a Senator, Gore supported the federal minimum wage bill, proposed the first federal health insurance program enacted into law, and voted for bills for the Interstate Highway System.

Ross Bass (March 17, 1918 – January 1, 1993) was a captain in the Army during World War II and Democratic United States Congressman from Tennessee's 6th District. He was reelected four times and served until 1964, when Senator Estes Kefauver died in office. A Democratic primary was held for the unexpired balance of this term in August, 1964, and Bass entered this contest, surprising some by defeating Governor of Tennessee Frank G. Clement. In November, Bass defeated the Republican nominee, Howard H. Baker, Jr. to win the final two years of the term.

Howard H. Baker, Jr., (1925-) was a United States Navy Lieutenant during World War II, United States Senator (1966-1985), and President Ronald Reagan's White House Chief of Staff. He attended the University of the South, Tulane University, and the University of Tennessee. He received a law degree from the University of Tennessee. Baker served on the 1973-1974 Senate Watergate Committee and as the Senate Minority and then Majority Leader.

James Ralph Sasser (1936- ) was an attorney, United States Senator (1976-1994), and United States Ambassador to China. He attended the University of Tennessee, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1958, and received a degree in 1961 from the Vanderbilt Law School. He chaired the Senate Budget Committee and several subcommittees, including the military construction subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations and the subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policy of the Senate Banking Committee.

Source: Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.2307

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