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Hammond FOWLER (1901- )

SENATE, 69th General Assembly, 1935-37; representing counties of Roane, Anderson, Bradley, and McMinn; Democrat. Born at Rockwood, Roane County, Apr. 6, 1901; son of Hammond and Zoe (LELAND) FOWLER. Attended elementary and high schools at Rockwood; Maryville College, Maryville, Blount County, where he won "Know Tennessee Oratorical Contest," 1926; studied law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Wilson County, receiving LL.B. degree, 1929. Married at Tupelo, Lee County, Miss., Apr. 26, 1952, to Netha McCORKLE, native of Chester County, daughter of W.M. and Grace K. McCORKLE of Henderson, Chester County; no children. Occupations described as lawyer, public official, commissioner; editor and publisher; in practice of law at Rockwood; president Times Printing Co., 1922-42; publisher and editor Rockwood Times, 1924-28; 1929-1935; on editorial staff of Chattanooga News, April-September, 1928; general counsel for and director of Rockwood Federal Savings and Loan Ass'n. since its organization, 1934, and vice-president since 1946; chief counsel, Tenn. Department of Employment Security, Jan. 19, 1936-Dec. 31, 1947. Appointed to Tenn. Railroad and Public Utilities Commission, present Public Service Commission, 1948 to present (1970). In World War II; enlisted as a pvt., 191st F.A., Feb. 14, 1941; on active duty until honorably discharged in July, 1941; sworn in as lt., U.S. Naval Reserve, Sept. 18, 1942; served on active duty with U.S. Navy, Oct. 21, 1942, to Sept. 24, 1945; twenty-seven months overseas at U.S. Naval Operating Base, Argentia, Newfoundland; on staff of commandant where duties included those of intelligence officer and industrial relations officer; promoted to lt. to Retired Reserve in 1963 after twenty-one years in Ready Reserve. Member American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux, Ruling elder and trustee in Presbyterian Church; member Knights of Pythias; vice-president, 1930-1931, Sons of the American Revolution; Tennessee Society of Colonial Wars, serving as governor, 1960; Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity; Roane County, Tennessee, and American bar assn's; Rockwood Civitan Club; honorary member Rockwood Rotary Club; secretary Tenn. Ass'n. of Civitan Clubs, 1926-30; secretary Tenn. Press Ass'n., 1927-29. Offices, (1968), C1-110, Cordell Hull Bldg., Nashville and 105D, South Front St., Rockwood; residence, 421 South Douglas, Rockwood.

Sources: Information supplied by self, Mar. 29, 1965, and by Tenn. War Records Bureau; Tenn. Blue Book, 1965-66, p. 1950; do., 1967-68, p. 150. 

From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County; Tennessee State Library and Archives.