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Thomas Clarke Rye

Born: Jun 2, 1863

Death: Sep 12, 1953

Birthplace: Benton County

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Thomas Clarke Rye

Date of Birth : Jun 2, 1863
Date of Death : Sep 12, 1953
Birth Place : Benton County

Thomas Clarke Rye was an American politician who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1915 to 1919. An ardent supporter of prohibition of alcoholic beverages, he helped reunify the state's Democratic Party, which had been divided over the issue for nearly a decade. Rye is perhaps best remembered for enacting the "Ouster Law," which was aimed at curbing the power of political boss E. H. Crump.


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