In the decade following the American Revolution, a bitter political battle developed over the land west of the Appalachian Mountains. Pressure from the federal government resulted in the 1784 cession of the western claims of North Carolina. Shortly afterward, the North Carolina legislature rescinded the cession, but the settlers had already taken action. A new and independent state was declaredthe state of Franklin. A former justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, the author goes into extraordinary detail as he documents the history of the ill-fated state. For four years the Franklin government functioned under its own laws, courts, and elected officials. Simultaneously, North Carolina continued to claim sovereignty over the region, enforcing the claim with its own laws, courts, and officials.
|Publisher:||Heritage Books, Inc. MD|
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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.'