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Brownlow, William Gannaway

Born: 1805 AD
Died: 1877 AD
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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.

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