Library of Congress
BROCK, William Emerson (1872-1950)

BROCK, WILLIAM EMERSON, (grandfather of William Emerson Brock III), a Senator from Tennessee; born near Mocksville, Davie County, N.C., March 14, 1872; attended the public schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1894; moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1894 and was employed as a clerk in a general store until 1896; tobacco salesman 1896-1901; moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1909 and became engaged in the manufacture of candy; also was interested in banking and various other business enterprises and was director in a life and accident insurance company; served as trustee of the University of Chattanooga, Emory and Henry College, and Martha Washington College for Girls; appointed on September 2, 1929, and subsequently elected on November 4, 1930, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lawrence D. Tyson and served from September 2, 1929, to March 3, 1931; was not a candidate for election to the full term; resumed the candy manufacturing business until his death in Chattanooga, Tenn., August 5, 1950; interment in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 5 audiotapes (1971-1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Memphis State University Library
Special Collections
Memphis, TN
Papers: Correspondence in Jocelyn Maurie Dan Wurzburg papers, 1964-1975.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, TN
Papers: Biographical sketches.

University of Tennessee
Modern Political Archives
Knoxville, TN
Papers: 1963-1987. 130 linear feet. Correspondence, schedules, calendars, speeches, certificates, legislation, photographs, slides, audio recordings, film, video, scrapbooks, guestbooks, plaques, and memorabilia.

  • Dictionary of American Biography.