The Governors of Tennessee

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This meticulously researched work, the fourth volume in Pelican's Governors of the States Series, traces the lives and careers of the men who have held Tennessee's highest office, beginning with the founding of the original independent state of Franklin in 1784 and continuing to the present.

As author Margaret I. Phillips vividly documents, Tennessee's history and culture have been profoundly shaped by a number of strong, dynamic governors. These leaders include the first ...

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Overview

This meticulously researched work, the fourth volume in Pelican's Governors of the States Series, traces the lives and careers of the men who have held Tennessee's highest office, beginning with the founding of the original independent state of Franklin in 1784 and continuing to the present.

As author Margaret I. Phillips vividly documents, Tennessee's history and culture have been profoundly shaped by a number of strong, dynamic governors. These leaders include the first governor, charismatic John Sevier, who served six terms; the near-legendary Sam Houston; and two men who later became president of the United States, James K. Polk (1845-1849) and Andrew Johnson (1865-1869). Other notable figures who occupied the statehouse include the scholarly Archibald Roane; William Blount, the patriotic zealot; William Carroll, the "pioneering Babbitt"; Joseph McMinn, the "peaceful negotiator"; tart-tongued James "Lean Jimmy" Jones; and Robert Love Taylor, the "pardoning governor."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565548268
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: The Pelican Governors Ser.
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Phillips spent many years on her family's dairy farm in Minor Hill, Tennessee, and later lived in Lexington, Alabama. She holds a graduate degree in English and education from the University of North Alabama. A former newspaper columnist, Phillips is also the author of The Governors of Tennessee and Doctor of the Cotton Patch.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
1. The State of Franklin 3
2. The Territory South of the River Ohio 7
3. The State of Tennessee 12
4. A Reflection 202
Roster of Governors 207
Bibliography 209
Index 212
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    Good for basic information

    It is difficult to find books specifically on the Governors of Tennessee, but this is a good basic start. All of the basic information is cotained, such as birth and death dates, terms of service, and burial location. What this book lacks, however, is a good detail of each Governor's actions while at the post; neither is stated, to a great degree, the Governor's dealings before and after the post. In one case, I found that the birth date and/or age of one of the men was mathmatically inaccurate - an error that was not corrected in the revised edition of 2001, from the original from 1978. Also, while the text was updated to include governors since Ray Blanton (after 1979), the list of governors and terms in the rear of the book was NOT updated from the 1978 edition. Over all, for the price, you cannot go wrong with this book. It contains much of the basic information on the Governors, including territorial governor William Blount and lists an extensive bibliography.

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