About Brazilla Carroll Reece
Brazilla Carroll Reece (December 22, 1889–March 19, 1961) was an American politician from Tennessee. He served in the United States House of Representatives.
Reece was born on a farm near Butler, Tennessee, one of thirteen children of John Isaac and Sarah Maples Reece. He was named for Brazilla Carroll McBride, an ancestor who served in the War of 1812, but never used his first name. His brother, Raleigh Valentine Reece, was a reporter for the Nasvhille Tennessean and the teacher who replaced John Thomas Scopes at Rhea County High School in Dayton, Tennessee following the infamous "Monkey Trial."
He attended Watauga Academy in Butler, and Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. At Carson-Newman he played basketball and football. After graduating from Carson-Newman in 1914 as class valedictorian, he worked as a high school principal for one year, then enrolled in New York University, where he earned a master's degree in economics and finance in 1916. He also studied at the University of London. Career
He was an assistant secretary and instructor at New York University in 1916 and 1917. During the First World War, he enlisted in May 1917 and served with the American Expeditionary Forces from October 1917 to July 1919. He was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm; as a First Lieutenant in the 102nd Infantry Regt., 26th Division. He was director of the School of Business Administration of New York University in 1919 and 1920, and also studied law there.
He then opened a successful law practice in Johnson City, and also served as a banker and publisher.
He was married to Louise Goff, daughter of United States Senator Guy Despard Goff of West Virginia.
US Congressman. Elected to represent Tennessee's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, serving first from 1921 to 1931, then from 1933 to 1947, and finally from 1951 until his death in officer in 1961. He had served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1946 to 1948. When he died, his widow, Louise Goff Reece, succeeded him in Congress and finished out his term.