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  Kefauver, C. Estes
NameC. Estes Kefauver
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee , United States
Born July 26, 1903
DiedAugust 10, 1963 (60 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Jul 14, 2019 02:59pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Freemason - Baptist - Straight -
InfoKEFAUVER, Carey Estes, a Representative and a Senator from Tennessee; born on a farm near Madisonville, Monroe County, Tenn., 7/26/1903. His father was a dairy farmer and owner of a hardware store who served as the unpaid mayor of Madisonville. Kefauver attended the public schools; graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1924 and taught mathematics in the Hot Springs (AR) High School for a year. He then graduated from the law department of Yale University, New Haven, Conn., in 1927; admitted to the bar in 1926 and commenced practice in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1927; unsuccessful candidate for the State senate in 1936; State commissioner of finance and taxation 1939.

U.S. Representative (D-TN) 1939-1949. Kefauver won a special election to complete the unexpired term of Sam D. McReynolds in 1939. He was a strong proponent of the New Deal.

U.S. Senator (D-TN) 1949-1963. In his 1948 campaign, Memphis Democratic leader Ed Crump criticized Kefauver as being "a deceiving pet coon," after which Kefauver began to wear a coonskin cap and tell voters "I may be a pet coon, but I'll never be Mr. Crump's pet coon." The coonskin cap remained one of Kefauver's signature campaigning items throughout the remainder of his career. One of Kefauver's most important contributions was his service on the ”Kefauver Committee” or (officially) the Special Committee on Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce (1950-1951). During his service as chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly, Kefauver investigated price fixing in the steel and electrical machinery industries, irregularities in the management of the sport of boxing, and excessive pricing of the drug industry. These investigations led to the conviction of several business executives. As one of the most liberal Southern Senators, Kefauver was an early supporter of civil rights for African Americans.

Kefauver was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952 and 1956 and the Democratic for US Vice President in 1956.

He died at 3:40 a.m. on 8/10/1963 in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md. following a mild heart attack while on the floor of the US Senate; interment in the family cemetery, Madisonville, Tenn.

[Link] ; New York Times, 8/11/1963.


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Wife Nancy Piggott Kefauver Aug 08, 1935-Aug 10, 1963

  11/08/1960 TN US Senate Won 71.75% (+43.50%)
  08/04/1960 TN US Senate - D Primary Won 64.60% (+29.87%)
  07/01/1960 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.00% (-31.41%)
  03/08/1960 NH US Vice President - D Primary Lost 4.64% (-37.76%)
  11/06/1956 US Vice President Lost 13.75% (-72.32%)
  08/17/1956 US Vice President - D Convention Won 38.67% (+8.54%)
  07/01/1956 US President - D Primaries Lost 37.71% (-12.99%)
  07/01/1956 US President - R Primaries Lost 0.01% (-85.92%)
  04/03/1956 WI US President - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/1954 TN US Senate Won 69.96% (+39.92%)
  08/05/1954 TN US Senate - D Primary Won 68.19% (+39.34%)
  07/26/1952 US President - D Convention Lost 21.84% (-15.55%)
  07/26/1952 US Vice President - D Convention Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
  07/01/1952 US President - D Primaries Won 64.55% (+54.66%)
  04/15/1952 NJ US President - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  03/11/1952 NH US Vice President - D Primary Won 34.60% (+7.26%)
  11/02/1948 TN US Senate Won 65.33% (+31.89%)
  08/04/1948 TN US Senate - D Primary Won 42.24% (+10.31%)
  11/05/1946 TN District 3 Won 90.76% (+81.53%)
  11/07/1944 TN District 3 Won 67.80% (+43.72%)
  11/03/1942 TN District 3 Won 75.65% (+55.94%)
  11/05/1940 TN District 3 Won 68.70% (+37.40%)
  09/13/1939 TN District 3 - Special Election Won 71.35% (+44.57%)
Secretary of the Air Force - Feb 04, 1953 NPA Reject