Hill McAlister

Harry Hill McAlister was an American politician who served as Democratic Governor of Tennessee from 1933 to 1937. He also served as Nashville’s city attorney in the early 1900s, and as Tennessee’s state treasurer in the 1920s and early 1930s. Inaugurated as governor at the height of the Great Depression, McAlister enacted massive spending cuts in an attempt to stabilize state finances. He coordinated federal programs in the state aimed at providing Depression-era relief. McAlister withdrew from state politics in 1936 following a quarrel with powerful Memphis political boss E. H. Crump. He spent the last two decades of his life as a Referee in Bankruptcy in Nashville’s district court.