Cordell Hull (1871-1955)

Cordell Hull was born in a log cabin in Pickett County, Tennessee, the son of William and Elizabeth (Riley) Hull. His father was a farmer and a lumber merchant. From a one-room schoolhouse in nearby Willow Grove, Hull went on to earn a law degree form Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1891.

He practiced law and served as a Circuit Judge until elected to Congress in 1907. he served as a U.S. Representative until 1931, when he was elected U.S. Senator. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Hull Secretary of State. he is widely credited, while in that post, of fostering the Good Neighbor Policy with Latin America and with the development of the United Nations. He was forced by ill health to resign in 1944 before the final ratification of the United Nations charter, but he is known as "The Father of the United Nations," for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945.
The Birthplace Museum

The Cordell Hull Birthplace, Museum and State Park is an historic site located on forty-five acres in the rustic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Byrdstown, Tennessee, midway between Nashville and Knoxville near the Kentucky border.

The site consists of Hull's original log cabin birthplace, an activities center, and a museum exhibition building housing documents and artifacts pertaining to Hull's life and career. The collection includes his Nobel Peace Prize medal, which he donated along with many personal items. Recently, the Park has added Bunkum Cave to their list of visitor attractions. Americorps along with local volunteers have finaliazed the first phases of a trail to the cave overlook which will be open to the public providing nature hikes and scenic views. Plans are to add a trail to the cave entrance in the near future. In addition to state support, the museum has a private support group, the Friends of Cordell Hull, which raises funds for educational activities and additions to the museum collection as well as helping to acquire the Bunkum Cave site.

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Chamber Contacts for More Information:
Albany-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 606-387-2051 •

Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 931-864-7195 •

Cave City Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 270-773-5159 •

Clay County Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 931-243-3338 •

Cumberland County, KY Chamber of Commerce/
Tourism Commission

Tel: 270-864-5890 •

Glasgow-Barren County Tourist Commission
Tel: 270-479-7259 •

Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce
Toll-Free: 800-876-7393 •

Tompkinsville-Monroe County Tourism
Tel: 270-487-1314 •

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