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TN History for Kids

Carroll County

Governor Gordon Browning

Only one Tennessee governor has a museum named for him. Back when Tennessee’s governor was elected to two-year terms, Gordon Browning was elected three times: in 1936, 1948 and 1950. One of the things that is interesting about Browning's career is that in 1936 he had the support of “Boss” Ed Crump of Memphis, but in 1948, Crump opposed Browning, but Browning won anyway -- signaling an end to Crump’s power in the state.

After he retired from politics Browning spent most of his time in dairy farming. He died in 1976.

Gordon Browning Museum director Jere Cox
shows us around.

Three other tidbits about Browning: He served in the military in both World Wars. He was the first recipient of a driver's license in Tennessee history. And his Republican opponent in the 1948 gubernatorial election was none other than country music star Roy Acuff!

Click here to go to be taken to the Gordon Browning Museum's web site.

Bethel College

Carroll County is also the home of Bethel College, a small institution affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

And here's something else about Carroll County you might find interesting. Most Tennessee counties have one or two school systems. But Carroll County, with a total population of 30,000 people, has SIX school systems -- those being Carroll County, South Carroll County, West Carroll County, Huntingdon, McKenzie and Bruceton/Hollow Rock.

The Carroll County courthouse

This unusual arrangement makes social studies teachers in Carroll County among the more difficult in the state to reach. So if you know a teacher there, please tell her or him about Tennessee History for Kids.

Carroll County

County seat: Huntington

Population (2015 estimate): 27,910