As a congressman and senator from Tennessee, Cordell Hull battled for lower tariffs. As Roosevelt's Secretary of State he fought hard, within Congress and within the administration, to enact and implement the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act of 1934.
This act changed the balance of power in U.S. trade politics. Congress delegated authority to the President to negotiate reciprocal tariff reductions with other countries. The changes increased the influence of consumer and exporting interests in tariff policy and allowed them to compete effectively with protectionist interests. Kenneth Dam explains the importance of the Act over the last 80 years: Cordell Hull, the Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act, and the WTO. We are richer, and live in a more peaceful world today because Hull lived.
Oh yes, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work helping set up the United Nations.
We remember him in many ways. There's the Cordell Hull Dam, the Cordell Hull Lake, the Cordell Hull Speaker's Forum at the Cumberland School of Law, the Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, the Cordell Hull Highway, the Cordell Hull State Office Building, and the Cordell Hull Institute.
And don't forget Miss Cordell Hull USA:
Lillian Davis, Miss Cordell Hull USA
The swimsuit competition (Miss Cordell Hull is behind Miss City Lights):credit: Greg Williamson, The Leaf-Chronicle