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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…

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith PHOTO: Carl Van Vechten Known as the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith influenced entire generations of blues, jazz, and rock musicians and was the highest-paid black entertainer of her time. Born in 1892 in Chattanooga…