History of the Lost State of Franklin

History of the Lost State of Franklin

by Samuel C. Williams


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ISBN-13: 9780788420665
Publisher: Heritage Books, Inc. MD
Publication date: 03/01/2002
Edition description: REV
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Samuel Cole Williams was a jurist and historian born in Gibson County in 1864. He was educated in the schools of Humboldt, Tennessee, and attended Vanderbilt University law school.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Samuel Cole Williams wrote this interesting history in 1923. The 'lost state' of Franklin, located in what is now northeastern Tennessee, could have been the 14th State, but for the politics of the day and the weak government of the country under the Articles of Confederation. John Sevier, one of two people to represent Tennessee in the Hall of Statues in the Capitol, and a Revolutionary War hero, was Governor of the ill-fated 'State' for three years (1785-1788). Sevier later became the first Governor of Tennessee. Two other great Americans were associated with the 'lost state' of Franklin: Sam Houston, whose family were early settlers in the area, and Davy Crockett, who was born in Franklin during the period it existed. According to Justice Cole, 'Franklin was an is the only example of a de facto American State that functioned in every aspect of statal power.'