TENNESSEE INFORMATION State size: 42,144 square miles (34th in size) State Capital: Nashville (named after Francis Nash a Revolutionary war General) Major cities: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville
Admission to union: The 16th State Date entered the union: June 1, 1796 Origin of state name: Named after the Indian village "Tanasi". Nicknames: The Volunteer State
Bordering states: Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Arkansas State bird: Mockingbird State flower: Iris State tree: Yellow Poplar Motto: Tennessee - America at its Best
Tennessee is divided into the Three Grand Divisions West Tennessee Middle Tennessee East Tennessee
West Tennessee Major City: Memphis known for being a center of shipping and trade for the South. Home of Elvis Presley, and Oprah Winfrey. Mississippi River is a major water route for the south which is located in West Tennessee.
Middle Tennessee Major City: Nashville which is the capitol city of Tennessee and known for being the road way to country music. Home of Andrew Jackson, Fred Thompson, and Al Gore, Jr.. Cumberland River and Tennessee River are tributaries to the Mississippi River.
East Tennessee Major Cities: Knoxville (Home of the UT Vols) and Chattanooga, which is known for the Chattanooga Cho and Look Out Mountain. Home of Davey Crockett and Dolly Parton. Rivers include the Holston River and the Tennessee River. It is also home to the most visited National Park in the United States, The Great Smokey Mountains.
Tennessee voters chose Sevier to be their first governor. He was governor for 12 years. He directed the government to build roads, worked with Native American tribes to gain more land for settlers. He is for whom Sevier County is named after.
Jackson played a role in founding the city of Memphis and won election to the United States Congress. During the war of 1812 he volunteered to fight and earned the nickname Old Hickory. Jackson was elected 7th president of the United States in 1828 and elected a second time in 1832 because he was a war hero. Jackson was seen as a man of the people-strong, independent, and close nature. Andrew Jackson
Five days after the war ended, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. His Vice President, Andrew Johnson of Tennessee became the seventeenth President of the United States. He led our country through the Reconstruction Period.
James Polk was a United States Representive and a speaker of the House. He was elected to be the 11th president of the United States. During his office America extended its western border to the Pacific Ocean. James Polk
AUSTIN PEAY Governor of Tennessee 1901-1927 Native of Kentucky and the first and only Governor of Tennessee to die while in office. Austin Peay University is named after him. Was known for his work towards the transportation(roads) in Tennessee
Anne Dallas Dudley Nashville native and women's suffrage leader
Martin Luther King, Jr. A Civil Rights Activist who is most famous for his speech I Have A Dream King was killed in Memphis, TN on April 4, 1968 by James Earl Ray
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