William Emerson Brock
William Emerson Brock (* March 14, 1872 at Mocksville, Davie County, North Carolina; † August 5, 1950 in Chattanooga, Tennessee ) was an American politician (Democratic Party), who represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.
William Brock attended the public schools in North Carolina and was, until 1894, initially working in agriculture. After a move to Winston -Salem where he became a clerk in a grocery store. From 1896 to 1901 he was employed as a tobacco seller. In 1909, he moved to Chattanooga, where he worked both in the confectionery production as well as in the insurance and banking industry. He was also curator of the University of Chattanooga, of Emory and Henry College and of Martha Washington College.
On September 2, 1929 Brock was appointed by Tennessee Governor Henry Hollis Horton for U.S. Senator. He stepped in Washington D.C. to succeed the late Lawrence Tyson and ran successfully in the by-election to this Board on November 4, 1930, after which he could finish 1931 current term of office Tysons until March 3. For re-election, he did not present himself; he was succeeded by the later U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Brock went back to his business activities after and died 1950 in Chattanooga.
His grandson, Bill Brock was also a politician. He sat as a Republican for Tennessee in both chambers of Congress and served under President Ronald Reagan as U.S. labor minister.