Gore, Albert, Sr.
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Gore, Albert, Sr. (26 December 1907–05 December 1998), U.S. senator, was born near Granville, Tennessee, the son of Allen Gore, a farmer, and Margie Denny Gore. He attended local one-room country schools and graduated from high school in nearby Gordonsville, after which he taught high school in Smith and Overton counties. He graduated with a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State Teachers College (now Middle Tennessee State University) in 1932 and in that same year lost his first attempt at elective office (superintendent of schools for Smith county). When his opponent died after a year in office, Gore was named to the post and served until 1936. By this time smitten with politics, Gore furthered his education by attending night law school at the Nashville YMCA. After three years of long-distance commuting from Carthage, he received his LL.B. in 1936. Admitted to the bar that year, he began practicing law in Carthage with his future wife, Pauline La Fon, whom he had met in Nashville while she was waitressing her way through Vanderbilt University Law School. Married on 27 April 1937, the couple had two children....