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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…

Matthew Maury

Matthew Maury PHOTO: Library of Congress Know anything about oceanography? Oceanography is the study of oceans -- currents, ocean temperatures, the terrain at the bottom of the ocean, -- this sort of thing. Since Tennessee has no coastline, you&…

Morris Frank & Buddy

Morris Frank and Buddy PHOTO: TN State Library & Archives Morris Frank was a blind man who helped start the first school that trained seeing eye dogs. His dog Buddy is considered to be the first seeing eye dog in America. This amazing story …

Nancy Ward

A statue of Nancy Ward Nancy Ward was born as a member of the Cherokee tribe sometime around 1738, and at that time her name was Nan’yehi. As a young woman she took part in battles against other Native American tribes, and largely because of…