‘Kefauver Day’ Celebrates Senator’s Legacy

Estes Kefauver

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and Center for Community Partnership, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) and Hiwassee College are partnering to honor Sen. Estes Kefauver on Saturday, Oct. 2, in his hometown of Madisonville, Tenn.

The “Kefauver Day” event begins at 9 a.m. on the grounds of the Monroe County Courthouse. It is free and open to the public.

The day will feature an exhibit of Kefauver memorabilia from the Baker Center’s Modern Political Archives, speakers and an official mayoral proclamation designating Saturday as “Kefauver Day.” Diane Rubin, Kefauver’s daughter, will also share brief remarks.

Ted Brown, a Baker Center fellow, will present the keynote address about the life and contributions of the senator, who served in the U.S. House and Senate for 24 consecutive years before his death in 1963.

Brown’s talk is based on a book he’s currently writing about the Tennessee Democrat, who also led a much-publicized investigation into organized crime.

Brown organized and catalogued Kefauver’s papers while an undergraduate in history at UT. Since then, he has written extensively about Kefauver and Tennessee’s political and legal history. Brown is a lecturer in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Political Science, where he teaches constitutional law, judicial process and law in American society. He also serves as adjunct professor of law in American legal history at the University of Tennessee’s College of Law. He earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University and practiced law for more than 25 years before his career in teaching.

Jon Rubin, a documentarian and professional in public relations and political and legislative processes, also will speak about his current work on a documentary about Kefauver. Rubin is married to the late senator’s daughter, Diane Rubin.

For more information about Estes Kefauver Day, contact Hiwassee College at 423-420-1222.

For more information about the Baker Center, visit http://bakercenter.utk.edu/.

C O N T A C T :

Karen Simsen (865-974-5186, karen.simsen@tennessee.edu)

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