McNally says renaming Cordell Hull Building shouldn’t be done ‘without considerable forethought and study’

Former Gov. Winfield Dunn awaits the start of the of the inauguration of Gov. Bill Lee in Nashville on Jan. 19, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) doesn’t appear quite as eager to push through a new name for the legislative office complex as some of his House counterparts. Rep. Ron Gant (R-Rossville) announced last week he plans to introduce legislation to name the building after former Gov. Winfield Dunn. The facility constructed in the 1950s is named after Cordell Hull, the country’s longest-serving Secretary of State.

“This is not something that should be done without considerable forethought and study,” McNally told The Tennessean.

McNally got his start in politics working for Dunn’s 1970 campaign for governor, calling him “a great man (and an) outstanding governor. But he also praised Hull, who was a state representative before serving in the U.S. House and Senate.

14 Responses to McNally says renaming Cordell Hull Building shouldn’t be done ‘without considerable forethought and study’

  • James White says:

    Where was McNally when they removed Forrest’s monument in Memphis?
    Change the Name of the building.

  • Paul Williams says:

    Cordell Hull gave us the United Nations and the Federal Income and Inheritance taxes. That’s enough to remove his name immediately. That’s all the forethought I need.

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Tennesseans. So steeped in ignorance they can’t think straight.

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    I think Lt. Governor McNally is correct. No need to get in a big rush.

  • John Stewart says:

    Cordell Hull is one of Tennessee’s most distinguished citizens, having helped guide the United States through one its most perilous times–World War II. It would be short-sighted indeed to remove his name from the Legislative Office Building. He was a leader with the personal qualities of wisdom, skill, and courage. His memory honors all Tennesseans. By all means also honor Governor Dunn and I suggest naming the Tennessee State Museum on Capitol Hill in his memory. Governor Dunn could have his own exhibit in the museum as well as his name over the entrance. Above all, this proposal must not break down into partisan insults and name-calling. That dishonors us all.

  • Mary says:

    Well said, John Stewart!

  • Misty Pardner says:

    Word is there is an alternative sight for possible renaming.

  • Steve o watson says:

    the Cordell Hull building should not be re-named, he was a great Tennessean and worthy of that honor forever. Find a new building to put Gov Dunn’s name on for he was a great Governor.

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  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    We cannot name any building after a Republican. I was just reading about the speaker of Tennessee House resigned after he was using cocaine and having sex in public bathrooms. I also learned there is a sitting child molester in office. What in the world is going on here????!!!!????

    • Perry Aubric says:

      Beatrice, that is just hyper partisan nonsense. Just like the proposal to rename the Cordell Hull Building. There are plenty of worthy Republicans who merit having something named for them. Same for Democrats. Hull was a great American, and Dunn was a good governor. Both have been honored with building names and other memorials, and rightly so.

      You got your facts twiste on former Speaker Casada, but his failings don’t taint every single Republican. I am a Democrat, but your silly statement is over the line.

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