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The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum honors the life and career of former Secretary of State Cordell Hull, born here in 1871. Cordell Hull’s name is known locally, nationally and internationally. Born in a log cabin here, Hull graduated from Cumberland School of Law and was admitted to the bar as a teenager. He was elected chairman of the Clay County Democratic Party at age 9. He was a local judge, served in the Tennessee House of Representatives, and later served 11 terms in the U. S. House of Representatives.
Appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 as secretary of state, Hull served in that role for 11 years. During that time, he promoted the “Good Neighbor Policy” with Latin America, promising non-intervention and non-interference in domestic affairs. Hull worked tirelessly to prevent World War II; as it began, he turned his efforts toward preventing future wars.
His most noted effort was the 1945 founding of the United Nations. For his diplomatic efforts and contributions to world peace, he won the 1945 Nobel Peace Prize. The site includes a representation of Hull's log cabin birthplace, period gardens, and the Cordell Hull Museum and Archives, including the Cordell Hull Collection of more than 1,500 books, hundreds of original documents and objects and his Nobel Peace Prize. The 58-acre site is located on the Highland Rim, near Byrdstown, near the Kentucky border. The famous Sgt. Alvin York helped organize the first friends groups at Cordell Hull.