Lawmaker Wants to Rename State Building for Winfield Dunn

Rep. Ron Gant of Rossville, the House Republican Caucus’s assistant majority leader, says he will file legislation to change the name of the Cordell Hull state office building to that of former Gov. Winfield Dunn. Gant says the name change will honor “a hero” who established the state departments of Economic and Community Development and General Services, implemented a statewide kindergarten program and passed infrastructure legislation. Democrats called the move a “partisan” ploy and distraction from real problems, the Tennessean reports. Hull served in the Tennessee House of Representatives and both the U.S. House of Representative and Senate. He was named secretary of state by President Franklin Roosevelt and was pivotal in establishing the United Nations, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for that effort. 

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