William Emerson Brock

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William Emerson Brock
William E. Brock I.jpg
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
September 2, 1929 – March 4, 1931
Preceded by Lawrence Tyson
Succeeded by Cordell Hull
Personal details
Born (1872-03-14)March 14, 1872
Mocksville, North Carolina
Died August 5, 1950(1950-08-05) (aged 78)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Political party Democratic

William Emerson Brock (March 14, 1872 – August 5, 1950) was a Democratic United States Senator from Tennessee from 1929 to 1931. (Later his grandson, William Emerson Brock III, was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a U.S. senator from Tennessee.)

Brock was born in Davie County, North Carolina, where he attended public school and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1894. In that year, he moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and became a clerk in a general store. From 1896 until 1901 he worked as a tobacco salesman. In 1909 he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. In Chattanooga, Brock became involved in candy manufacturing, and also had involvements in insurance and banking interests. He became a trustee of the former University of Chattanooga, now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Emory and Henry College, and also Martha Washington College. On September 2, 1929, Brock was appointed to the vacancy in the U.S. Senate caused by the death of Lawrence D. Tyson by governor of Tennessee Henry Hollis Horton. On November 4, 1930, Brock was elected to the balance of this term. He did not run for the new term, and his service as a U.S. senator ended on March 4, 1931. He was succeeded by Cordell Hull. He returned to his Chattanooga candy manufacturing business and remained involved in its operation until his death in 1950.

United States Senate
Preceded by
Lawrence D. Tyson
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Tennessee
1929–1931
Served alongside: Kenneth D. McKellar
Succeeded by
Cordell Hull

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