Anna Belle Clement O'Brien

Anna Belle Clement O'Brien

Born May 6, 1923

Anna Belle Clement O'Brien was a Tennessee politician, nicknamed "the first lady of Tennessee politics. " She served as the governor's chief of staff from 1963 to 1967, was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 89th General Assembly, from 1975 to 1977, and a Tennessee State Senator in the 90th to 96th General Assemblies, from 1977 to 1991.… Read More

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1923 Birth Born in 1923.


1953 30 Years Old Anna Belle Clement was the daughter of Dickson, Tennessee attorney and mayor Robert S. Clement and Maybelle Goad Clement. Her brother, Frank G. Clement, was governor of Tennessee from 1953 to 1959 and again from 1963 to 1967. … Read More


1966 43 Years Old She married twice. Her first marriage was to A. W. Lucas, who served as mayor of New Johnsonville, Tennessee. In 1966 she married Charles H. O'Brien, who was a Tennessee State Senator at the time of their marriage and who later became Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. They had been married 40 years at the time of his death in January 2007.


1974 51 Years Old Anna Belle and Charles O'Brien made their home in Crossville, which area Anna Belle represented in the General Assembly, winning her first election in 1974.
1976 53 Years Old Her campaign slogan when she ran for the State Senate in 1976 was: "A woman's place is in the House … and the Senate too!"
1982 59 Years Old In 1982 she was a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for governor, but lost in the primary to Knoxville mayor Randy Tyree, who lost in the general election to Republican governor Lamar Alexander. … Read More


2009 86 Years Old O'Brien died August 31, 2009, in a Knoxville hospital after suffering a fall two weeks earlier at her home in Crossville.
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