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Alvin York

Alvin C. York PHOTO: Library of Congress Alvin York is one of the most famous war heroes in American history. He was born in Fentress County, in the upper Cumberland Plateau region. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1917. The next year, in …

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson PHOTO: The Hermitage As far as American history is concerned, Andrew Jackson is probably the most important person to come from Tennessee. But he had a rough life. Jackson's father died before he was born; his mother and both …

Andrew Johnson

President Andrew Johnson PHOTO: Library of Congress As the Civil War came to a close in 1865, a man shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln. At the time Lincoln hardly knew his vice president, a man from Tennessee named Andrew Johnson. Johnson…

Anne Dudley

Anne Dudley PHOTO: Bryn Mawr College Anne Dudley was a wealthy Nashville woman who lived when women weren’t allowed to vote. She decided to do something about it, and for much of her life she was one of the leaders in the movement to give w…

Austin Peay

Austin Peay Austin Peay was governor of Tennessee from 1923 to 1927. As such, he may have done more to reform state government than any other governor in Tennessee history. When Peay took office, Tennessee had only 244 miles of paved roads (most…