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Sam Davis

The Sam Davis statue at the State Capitol Sam Davis is known as the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy." He was born in Rutherford County, and went to military school in Nashville. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted with the Confederac…

Sam Houston

Sam Houston PHOTO: Library of Congress Sam Houston was a big, strong man, but many of his biographies say that he was afraid of the dark. He also became governor of two American states even though he seemed to prefer Native American culture over …

Samuel McElwee

Samuel McElwee PHOTO: TN State Library & Archives The most prominent African American to serve in the Tennessee legislature during the Reconstruction era, Samuel McElwee's life could make a great movie. He was born as a slave in Madison …

Sequoyah

There is a museum at Sequoyah's birthplace, near Vonore, Tennessee Sequoyah was a member of the Cherokee tribe, although his mother was Native American and his father was white. As a young man, he was injured in a hunting accident and became p…

W.C. Handy

A statue of W. C. Handy in Memphis Today Memphis, Tennessee, is known as the “Home of the Blues.” No one deserves more credit for this than W. C. Handy -- the “Father of the Blues.” William Christopher Handy was born…