Former Tennessee Gov. Ned Ray McWherter Dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ned McWherter, a one-time factory worker
who became a millionaire businessman, speaker of the state House
and then a two-term Democratic governor, has died at the age 80.
His administrative assistant, Madelyn Pritchett, says McWherter
of Dresden died Monday at a Nashville hospital where he was being
treated for cancer.
McWherter was governor from 1987 to 1995, following 20 years in
the Legislature, 14 of them leading the House. He also was a
political adviser to Bill Clinton during his presidency.
A child of sharecroppers, McWherter became a millionaire through
various business enterprises before he was elected governor.
As governor, he supported education improvements that put more
computers and technology in classrooms, increased teacher's pay,
shrank class sizes and gave local school boards more control.