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A woman’s right to vote The story of Lizzie Crozier French - Most modern newspapers across America have a section in them dedicated to the voices of the citizens within the communities they serve. These sections known generally as "Letters to the Editor" are one of the most important pages found in newspapers and have led to momentous changes in American society.

Archaeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee - The incredibly rich Native American heritage of Tennessee and the archaeological work that has assisted in understanding that past are revealed in a comprehensive and engaging exhibition.

Charles Ives Barber - Charles Ives Barber (October 25, 1887 – June 14, 1962), the architect of Candoro Marble, was the leading Beaux-Arts style practitioner in the Southeast. He moved to Knoxville when he was one year old and had a long career primarily based around Knoxville.

J. G. M. Ramsey - James Gettys McGready Ramsey (March 25, 1797 – April 11, 1884) was an American historian, physician, and businessman, active primarily in East Tennessee during the nineteenth century.

Lloyd Branson - Enoch Lloyd Branson (1853–1925) was an American artist best known for his portraits of Southern politicians and depictions of early East Tennessee history. One of the most influential figures in Knoxville's early art circles, Branson received training at the National Academy of Design in the 1870s and subsequently toured the great art centers of Europe. After returning to Knoxville, he operated a portrait shop with photographer Frank McCrary.

Prehistoric American Indians in Tennessee - Our knowledge of the prehistoric Indians of Tennessee is a result of over 150 years of archaeological investigations. Archaeology is the scientific discipline responsible for the recovery and interpretation of the remains of past cultures.

The Most Hated Man in Tennessee History - He was a man with an opinion that earned him an everlasting reputation in Tennessee’s colorful past. History has called him many things – opportunist, preacher, governor, activist – but whatever label they choose, he is a man whose name still evokes strong emotion in many Tennesseans as his story wound its way through the state’s oral tradition.

Sam Houston - Sam Houston was born on March 6, 1793 in Lexington, VA. His father was a farmer and a member of the Militia, which kept him away for long periods of time. He learned how to read and write at an early age and was a voracious reader. His love of it in fact led to many family fights between him and his eight other siblings. In 1806, his father purchased 420 acres of land in Blount County, Tenn. Before moving, however, Houston’s father died suddenly and, with nowhere else to go, the family moved to the Tennessee farm.

Sheriff's History, Knox County - Robert Houston was born in South Carolina where his father, who had married Alice Armstrong, settled in the Abbeville District. Robert Houston came to the Tennessee County around 1790. Knox County was established in June 1792 in the territory of the United States, south of the river Ohio and Houston was commissioned Sheriff by Governor William Blount. He was qualified June 25, being sworn in as Sheriff by David Campbell, Judge of the Supreme Court of Law and Equity for the territory.

The Story of John Sevier - You will find little mention of Sevier in history textbooks, but his accomplishments place him in a select group of men that dominated early American colonial life.

Thunder Over the Smokies - Colonel William H. Thomas - Thomas had served as a state senator in North Carolina before the war and formed close ties with the people he represented in the western part of the state. His popularity in the Smoky Mountain region made him one of the most influential men in his day.

U.S. Justice Edward Sanford - Edward Terry Sanford was born in Knoxville on July 23, 1865 to Edward Jackson and Emma Chavannes Sanford. His father moved to Knoxville in 1853 from Connecticut where he began work as a carpenter.

Who's Who in Tennessee (1911): Knox County Residents - ALLEN, John Mebane, merchant; born St. Francis Co., Ark., July 18, 1857; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Abijah and Celia H. (Mebane) Allen; father's occupation, farmer; paternal grandparents, William and Mary (Morgan) Allen, maternal grandparents, Dr. John Alexander, and Celia (Sutton) Mebane; educated in the country schools, and University of Tenn.;

Wiley Oakley - He was a man whose name became an icon in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many described him as a simple, hard-working, and good-natured individual who was quick to help anyone who found themselves in need and at his doorway.

William Blount - No one individual played so large a role in the formation of Tennessee statehood as did William Blount.

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