Nashville in Nash County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Harold D. Colley
1897 ~ 1974
Erected 2004 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number E-110.)
Location. 35° 58.375′ N, 77° 57.671′ W. Marker is in Nashville, North Carolina, in Nash County. Marker is at the intersection of South First Street (State Highway 58) and East Center Street, on the right when traveling north on South First Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville NC 27856, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "The Bethel Heroes" (approx. 8.8 miles away); Lafayette (approx. 8.8 miles away); Falls of the Tar Church (approx. 8.8 miles away); Donaldson's Tavern (approx. 8.8 miles away); Falls Road Bridge (approx. 8.8 miles away); First Post Office of Rocky Mount (approx. 8.8 miles away); Cornwallis (approx. 8.9 miles away); Rocky Mount Mills (approx. 8.9 miles away).
Regarding Harold D. Colley. As longtime chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, Harold Dunbar Cooley, native of Nashville, North Carolina, was a powerful
Cooley joined the Agriculture Committee during the height of the New Deal and was a driving force in the development of Roosevelt’s agricultural program. He backed several reforms including those that provided for allotments, price supports, rural electrification, and soil conservation. Cooley also sought to reach the world market with agricultural products, endorsing the “Food for Freedom” program as part of the Marshall Plan. He stated that “bread and butter rather than bullets and bayonets are the most powerful weapons in our arsenal.”
Cooley returned to North Carolina after losing his re-election campaign of 1966, and to the home in Nashville that he and his wife, Madeline, had acquired soon after their marriage in 1923. The structure, the Bissette-Cooley House designed and constructed around 1911 by architect John C. Stout, is prominently located on East Washington Street. He often told friends that Nashville was the “dearest place on earth” for him. Cooley died on January 15, 1974, at Wilson Memorial Hospital from the effects of emphysema. He was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Nashville. Upon hearing of Cooley’s death, Governor James B. Hunt Jr. said that Cooley was a “protector and defender” of North Carolina’s farmers and that Cooley “did more than anyone in Congress since the Depression to build a strong rural economy in America.”
(North Carolina Office of Archives and History)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 316 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.