Funeral Services Held For Former US Senator Mathews

Funeral Services Held For Former US Senator Mathews

CREATED May 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Family and friends came together to remember the life of former U.S. Sen. Harlan Mathews on Monday afternoon.

The funeral was held at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home in Nashville. 

Mathews, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Gore after he was elected vice president in 1992, died Friday at age 87. He had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Mathews joined Tennessee government in 1950 as a member of the state budget staff and quickly became a top aide to Governors Frank Clement and Buford Ellington.

The Legislature elected Mathews as state treasurer in 1974, a position he held until resigning to run Democrat Ned McWherter's successful gubernatorial campaign in 1986.

Friends said Mathews was the ultimate public servant, and would have been overwhelmed by Monday's service to honor his life. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Nashville School of Law and Alive Hospice.

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