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In 1912 George William Norris was elected to the United States Senate. This might properly be called the beginning of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Sen. Norris became an outspoken advocate of public ownership of public utilities. His greatest dream was the development by the government of the possibilities for the electric power in the Tennessee River Valley. Finally in 1933, Norris was able to see his dream fulfilled. His bill for the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority was passed, and then three years later, a great dam was completed and named in honor of Norris.



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