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William Blount

Blount's statue at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia William Blount is the only Tennessean who signed the U.S. Constitution. He was governor of the Southwest Territory, which Tennessee was part of before it became a state. He wa…

William Brownlow

William Brownlow PHOTO: TN State Library and Archives William "Parson" Brownlow is probably the most controversial person to ever hold the office of Tennessee governor. He started as a Methodist preacher, and in the 1850s became the ed…

William Lawrence

William Lawrence as a young man and as a vice admiral PHOTO: U.S. Naval Academy Some people bring the word "hero" to mind. William Lawrence is one of those people. Lawrence grew up in the heart of Nashville, in a home right next to Geo…

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph PHOTO: Library of Congress A native of Clarksville, Wilma Rudolph was one of the most celebrated female athletes of all-time. Her story is an inspirational one. She was born prematurely, weighing only 4.5 pounds -- and the doctor d…