Harlan Mathews (January 17, 1927 – May 9, 2014) was a Democratic United States Senator from Tennessee from 1993 to 1994. He had previously served in the executive and legislative branches of state government in Tennessee for more than 40 years beginning in 1950.
|United States Senator|
January 2, 1993 – December 1, 1994
|Appointed by||Ned McWherter|
|Preceded by||Al Gore|
|Succeeded by||Fred Thompson|
|Deputy to the Governor of Tennessee|
January 1987 – January 1993
|Succeeded by||Jim Kennedy|
|38th Tennessee State Treasurer|
March 31, 1974 – January 1987
|Preceded by||Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Steve Adams|
|Commissioner of Finance and Administration|
|Born||January 17, 1927|
Sumiton, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||May 9, 2014 (aged 87)|
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Resting place||Harpeth Hills Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Alma mater||Jacksonville State University|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1944–1946|
Early life and educationEdit
Harlan Mathews was a native of Walker County, Alabama. He was born January 17, 1927 in Sumiton, Alabama, the son of John William Mathews and Lillian (Young) Mathews. In 1944, after high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until 1946. Returning to Alabama, he graduated from Jacksonville State College (now Jacksonville State University) with a B.A. degree in 1949.:404
After graduating, Mathews obtained a master's degree in public administration from Vanderbilt University in 1950.:41 He began work on Governor Gordon Browning's planning staff. When Frank G. Clement was elected in 1954, Mathews moved to the state's budget staff. A year after beginning his service as commissioner of finance and administration in 1961, he completed his law degree in 1962 from the YMCA Night Law School, now Nashville School of Law.:404
Early political careerEdit
Mathews joined the staff of the governor of Tennessee in 1950, serving governors Gordon Browning, Frank G. Clement, and Buford Ellington. From 1961-1971 he served as commissioner of finance and administration.
In January 1971, Mathews left the cabinet and entered the private sector for two years, working for Amcon International in Memphis. In 1973, he became the legislative assistant to longtime Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Bill Snodgrass. In 1974, Mathews was elected state treasurer by the Tennessee General Assembly when his predecessor, Tom Wiseman, resigned to run for governor. The Tennessee General Assembly elected him to his first full two-year term as treasurer in 1975, where he served until January 1987, when he became deputy to Governor Ned R. McWherter.
Upon appointing Mathews to the senate, McWherter announced Mathews’ role would be one of caretaker , to allow those who wanted to run for the position to prepare their campaigns. Mathews had no ambition of running for election to the senate.
In December 1994, Mathews left office and practiced law in Nashville, Tennessee.
- United States Congress. "Harlan Mathews (id: M000236)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Tennessee Blue Book, 2001-02 Edition
- Cass, Michael (May 9, 2014). "Former U.S. Sen. and Deputy Gov. Harlan Mathews dies". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- Langsdon, Phillip (2000). Tennessee: A Political History. Hillsboro Press. ISBN 978-1577361251.
- Tennessee Blue Book 1987-1988. Nashville, Tennessee: Secretary of State. 1987. pp. v.
- Harlan Mathews, State Treasurer, Tennessee Blue Book 1975-1978
- Gore's Senate replacement named
- CAVENDISH, Steve (May 9, 2014). "Former Senator Harlan Mathews Dies at 87". Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- Senator Harlan Mathews Papers, 1993-1994, Tennessee State Library and Archives.
- Senator Harlan Mathews Papers Addition, 1992-1994, Tennessee State Library and Archives.
| U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Tennessee
Served alongside: Jim Sasser