By Julian M. Pleasants
Robert Rice Reynolds (1884-1963), U.S. senator from North Carolina from 1933 to 1945, was once essentially the most eccentric politicians in American background. His travels, his 5 marriages, his public pretend pas, and his flamboyant campaigns supplied years of leisure for his elements. This political biography rescues Reynolds from his cartoon-character acceptance, although, by way of explaining his political allure and highlighting his actual contributions with out overlooking his flaws.
Julian Pleasants argues that Reynolds needs to be understood within the context of Depression-era North Carolina. He capitalized at the discontent of the poverty-stricken decrease classification via campaigning in tattered outfits whereas using a ramshackle version T--a sharp distinction to his filthy rich, chauffeur-driven opponent, incumbent senator Cam Morrison. In workplace, Reynolds supported Roosevelt's New Deal. even though he was once no longer pro-Nazi, his isolationist stance and his organization with virulent right-wingers enraged his materials and finally ended in his withdrawal from politics.
Pleasants unearths Reynolds to be a showman of the 1st order, a talented practitioner of sophistication politics, and a special southern politician--the just one who favourite the recent Deal whereas advocating isolationist views.
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S. Senate owing to the funds left to him by his ﬁrst wife and his earnings as a lawyer. In addition, his mother owned the early years 19 several large buildings and valuable property in downtown Asheville, and Reynolds shared in the revenue from the rentals. Thus Reynolds, with some ﬁnancial support from friends, managed to carry on a series of frugal political campaigns. π∂ In July 1925 Reynolds wrote John C. Sikes of Monroe, North Carolina, as well as other friends, asking for their support in his as yet unannounced race for the United States Senate.
Although he lost, Reynolds had accomplished his purpose by achieving greater statewide recognition. He believed his showing would make him a 20 the early years formidable candidate at some future date. P. ∫∞ Meanwhile, in 1925 Reynolds, ever the ladies’ man, met the woman who was to become his fourth wife. Eva Grady of Chicago, Illinois, a Ziegfeld Follies dancer known professionally as Eva Brady, had come to Asheville in search of a cure for tuberculosis. Although they met in 1925, Reynolds and Eva Grady were not able to marry until Denise D’Arcy agreed to a divorce in 1929.
They ought to run for President. ∂∞ Morrison’s monumental overconﬁdence did not seem misplaced. The Democratic Party hierarchy preferred Morrison, and in January 1932, O. ∂≤ Party leaders were certain that Morrison would win handily. ∂≥ Gardner, however, despite his promise to work diligently for Morrison, devoted much of his time and energy to the election of gubernatorial candidate J. C. B. Ehringhaus because he assumed Morrison was as good as elected. ∂∂ Bailey’s close friend Judge James S. Manning advised him that there was talk in 28 the democratic primary of 1932 Reynolds’s platform on prohibition for the 1932 Senate campaign, emphasizing the evils that resulted from prohibition.