How long have Republicans held the 1st Congressional District seat in Tennessee?
— Roe is the 15th consecutive Republican to hold the seat, including B. Carroll Reece, who regained the seat twice after losing renomination in the previous primaries.
— It has been 137 years since a Democrat held the office. The last was Robert Love Taylor, who served a single term from 1879-81. His brother, Alf Taylor, represented the district as a Republican from 1889-95. Both brothers later served as Tennessee governor.
— The only other Democrat elected from the district since the Civil War was William McFarland, a Cocke County resident who served a single term from 1875-77.
— James H. “Jimmy” Quillen represented the district for the most consecutive terms: 17 terms from 1961-95.
— One U.S. president held the seat. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln after the assassination, was the 1st District congressman from 1843-53.
— The district’s first congressman was Greene County resident John Rhea, who served from 1803-15 and 1817-23 as a Democratic-Republican. The Irish immigrant was a member of the militia that defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. Rhea had been a delegate to the convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1789, and in 1796, he was a delegate to the constitutional convention of Tennessee.
Sources: U.S. Government, Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress