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TN History for Kids

Smith County

A view of Carthage from across the Cumberland River
PHOTO: Library of Congress

Carthage was the boyhood home of former Representative, Senator, and Vice President Al Gore.

Gore lost the closest presidential election in American history in November 2000 and has since returned to his home state. Although most of the focus of the news media following that election was on Florida, many Americans missed the fact that had Gore won Tennessee, he – not George Bush – would have won the 2000 election.

A map of Smith County





Smith County is also the home of two of the strangest named places in the United States. The county contains one town called Difficult, and another named Defeated. (Click on this map to the right to see.)






Here's the Smith County Courthouse.

Smith County

County Seat: Carthage

Population (2015 estimate): 19,295