Cordell Hull was one of the more imposing figures to come out of the state of Tennessee. He was elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and with the exception of just two years, he served from 1907 until 1933. He served as U.S. Secretary of State longer than any other person, 11 years and 9 months, from 1933 until late 1944. During his time as Secretary of State, he was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the United Nations, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945, and for which he has been remembered as "Father of the United Nations."
Hull was born in a log cabin near Byrdstown, Tennessee. A representation of it, with a few acres surrounding, have been set aside as a memorial to him. Also on the site is a museum building with papers and memorabilia, including his Nobel Prize. Hull died in 1955 and is buried in the Washington National Cathedral.
The Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park is open year-round, with special events throughout the year. For details and directions, click here.