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Jack Massey

Jack Massey with Colonel Harland Sanders and John Brown in 1964 PHOTO: Barbara Massey Rogers You may not have ever heard of Jack Massey, but you’ve heard of Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. In 1964 Sanders so…

James Davis

James Davis PHOTO: U.S. Army Sometimes, an event can turn an ordinary American doing his or her duty into someone famous. Such is the case with Tennessee native James T. Davis. On December 22, 1961, Davis – an American soldier – was ki…

James K. Polk

President and Mrs. James K. Polk PHOTO: Polk Ancestral Home Tennessean James K. Polk accomplished much during his single term as America's eleventh president. He acquired more than a million square miles of land for the United States. He lower…

James Napier

James Napier PHOTO: Library of Congress James Napier was born in Nashville in 1845. Most African Americans in the South were slaves back then, but Napier’s parents were free. After the Civil War, Napier became a leader in the black communit…

John Ross

John Ross PHOTO: Smithsonian Institution John Ross was the leader of the Cherokee Nation in the years leading up to and following the Trail of Tears. He was born near Lookout Mountain, the son of a Scottish trader. He was privately educated as a…