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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…

John Sevier

John Sevier IMAGE: TN State Library and Archives George Washington is sometimes known as the “Father of our Country.” Perhaps John Sevier is the “Father of Tennessee.” Born in Virginia in 1745, Sevier migrated to what is…

Mary Murfree

Mary Murfree PHOTO: TN State Library and Archives Here’s a story that should tell you how much the world has changed.  Today, it is considered perfectly normal for a woman to write books. Those of you who read Harry Potter books, for i…