Montgomery County,



Statesman; born on a farm in Kentucky of English parentage November 21, 1885. He moved to Tennessee when a boy, locating at Clarksville, where he now lives; after completing his common school education he attended law school, completing this course in 1912; passed the State Bar examination and began the practice of law at Clarsville, remaining there throughout the years that followed; acquired an enviable practice in his profession; has been for many years chairman of the State Board of Law Examiners for Tennessee. In 1922, 1924, and 1926 he managed the successful campaigns for governor of the late Hon. Austin Peay; elected to the State Senate from the 15th Senatorial Dist. of Tennessee in 1930, for the session of the 65th General Assembly; elevated to the speakership of that body; re-elected to the senate in 1932; managed the successful campaign of the Hon. Gordon Browning for governor in 1936; elected Secretary of State, January 13th, 1937 without opposition. Is the son of P. H. and Katherine (Jones) Broadbent; has never married.
Source: Prominent Tennesseans, 1796 - 1938; transcribed by Amanda Jowers