Editor’s note: Main Street Nashville reprints some of the best covers of the Nashville Banner, an afternoon newspaper that was published from 1876 to 1998. The pages are courtesy of the Nashville Public Library, Nashville Banner Collection.
75 YEARS AGO IN THE NASHVILLE BANNER
Political news dominated the front page of the July 22, 1946 banner, but one race caught my eye in particular.
EW “Ned” Carmack from Murfreesboro had received the “blessing” of the national director of the CIO-PAC in his Senate race against incumbent Kenneth McKellar, who had served as Senator since 1917.
The name Carmack sounded familiar, so I did some browsing.
Ned Carmack was the son of Edward Carmack, who was born in 1858 but didn’t make headlines until last summer when a statue of the newspaper editor and politician that had stood on the south side of the State Capitol for more than 90 years was overturned and damaged.
According to a story on the Tennessee State Museum website, Edward Carmack served in the state’s House of Representatives from 1885 to 1887. He later published newspapers in Columbia, Nashville and Memphis and served in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.
In Memphis, Carmack came into conflict with journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells. After Wells denounced the lynching of three black grocery store owners, Carmack incited a mob and their newspaper office was destroyed.
Carmack was killed on the streets of Nashville in 1908 after a shootout with the son of a publishing and political rival.
His son Ned was easily defeated by McKellar in the Senate race.