Brownlow, William Gannaway
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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