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  Browning, Gordon W.
NameGordon W. Browning
Huntingdon, Tennessee , United States
Born November 22, 1889
DiedMay 23, 1976 (86 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Jul 21, 2016 08:57pm
InfoGordon Weaver Browning was an attorney, military officer, United States Representative and two time Governor of Tennessee. He was born near Atwood, Carroll County, Tennessee on November 22, 1889. In his early years he attended local public schools and worked on the farm. In 1913, he graduated Valparaiso University in 1913 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Two years later he received his degree in law from Cumberland University Law School. The same year he was admitted to the Tennessee State Bar and commenced practicing law in Huntingdon, Tennessee. During the First World War, he served as an artillery officer in the Tennessee National Guard and served in France prior to the wars conclusion. He returned from the war to Huntingdon to resume his law practice. In 1923, Browning was elected as a United States Representative and would serve for five successive terms until 1935. On his return from Congress, he launched a campaign to run for governor. He successfully won the election of 1937 and was governor until 1939. The governor was unsuccessful in his bid for re-nomination. During the Second World War, he was re-appointed as an officer in the United States Army. He acted as deputy head of the Belgium- Luxembourg mission and served in the military government in Germany soon following the war. On his return to Tennessee he began another campaign for governor and was once again elected in 1949. His attempt for re-election failed in 1952 and again in 1954. Governor Browning retired from public service following his last campaign for the governorship and returned to practicing law and dairy farming in Huntingdon. He died May 23, 1976 and is interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Huntingdon, Tennessee.



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  08/07/1952 TN Governor - D Primary Lost 37.89% (-8.86%)
  11/07/1950 TN Governor Won 78.09% (+56.17%)
  08/03/1950 TN Governor - D Primary Won 55.66% (+12.31%)
  11/02/1948 TN Governor Won 66.91% (+33.82%)
  08/04/1948 TN Governor - D Primary Won 55.76% (+13.14%)
  08/01/1946 TN Governor - D Primary Lost 38.53% (-21.29%)
  08/04/1938 TN Governor - D Primary Lost 39.70% (-19.74%)
  11/03/1936 TN Governor Won 80.38% (+61.67%)
  08/06/1936 TN Governor - D Primary Won 68.00% (+37.51%)
  08/02/1934 TN US Senate - D Primary Lost 42.15% (-15.70%)
  11/08/1932 TN - District 07 Won 77.77% (+56.77%)
  11/04/1930 TN - District 08 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/1928 TN - District 08 Won 66.05% (+32.10%)
  11/02/1926 TN - District 08 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/1924 TN - District 08 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/1922 TN - District 08 Won 57.34% (+14.68%)
  11/02/1920 TN - District 08 Lost 49.13% (-1.45%)