1805 – Born on August 29th in Wythe County, Virginia. American editor of the last pro-Union newspaper in the antebellum South of the United States who served as governor of Tennessee during the early years of Reconstruction.
1826 – He entered the Methodist ministry.
1828 – Moved to Elizabethton, Tennessee and continued his ministerial duties.
1839 – Published and edited a newspaper called the Whig at Elizabethton.
1840 – Moved the paper to Jonesboro, Tennessee.
1849 – Moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, and from his caustic and trenchant editorials became widely known as ‘the fighting parson’.
1850 – Appointed by President Millard Fillmore as a member of the Tennessee River Commission for the Improvement of Navigation.
1864 – He was a delegate to the constitutional convention which reorganized the State government of Tennessee.
1867 – He became the Governor of Tennessee.
1869 – Elected as a Republican to the United States Senate.
1877 – Died on April 29th in Knoxville, Tennessee.