- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

Comments and reaction to the death of former U.S. Sen. Harlan Mathews, D-Tenn.:

“Harlan Mathews was my friend, an extraordinary public servant, and a true gentleman respected by Democrats and Republicans alike for his masterful knowledge of policy and his principled, honest dealing. In addition to his nearly half-century of service in Tennessee, I will always be grateful for the years he spent in the Senate, during which he cast important votes for the 1993 economic plan and the 1994 crime bill, votes which made our nation more prosperous and safer.” - Former President Bill Clinton.

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“I first met Harlan through (former Gov.) Ned McWherter but really got to know him as a hunting companion in the years that followed - a campfire is a better place than a conference room to find out what someone is really like. Most of all, he was a generous man in every way: with his time, his resources and in his appraisals of others. He knew how to be partisan and still respect the opinions and motives of those who disagreed with him.” - Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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“Except for his great friend Ned McWherter, no one had more friends around the state capitol than Harlan Mathews did. He served our state and our country with distinction.” - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

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“He was the father of the modern Tennessee Treasury Department…. Senator Mathews has been a good friend to me personally during my service as Treasurer. His support for the Treasury Department he loved and its employees never wavered. He will be greatly missed.” - State Treasurer David Lillard.

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