Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans

Containing Biographies and Records of Many of the Families Who Have Attained Prominence in Tennessee


Author: Speer, William S.
Publication Date: 1888
Reprint Date: 2003
Pages: 587 pp.
ISBN: 9780806317151

Item #: 5508 Categories: , ,


“I had a native ambition to rise from obscurity and make myself useful in the world, to shine and be distinguished.” So said the Hon. Neil S. Brown, one of the 259 prominent 19th-century Tennesseans profiled in this extraordinary book. It is this kind of unique first-hand biographical information that makes Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans unequaled in the canon of Tennessee genealogical literature. Not only did compiler William S. Speer have the unparalleled opportunity to interview a number of the featured Tennesseans himself, he also was able to garner–and include in this book–thousands and thousands of names of their family members, friends, and colleagues.

The biographical sketches include numerous details about the lives of the subjects and their families. In addition, the compiler offers insight into the personal, professional, and sometimes even physical characteristics that made each of these men a success.

Surnames featured include Anderson, Arrington, Atkins, Atlee, Baptist, Barrett, Bartlett, Bate, Baxter, Bearden, Bibb, Black, Blankenship, Boynton, Bradford, Briggs, Brockway, Brown, Buchanan, Buist, Burney, Burns, Burrus, Butler, Callender, Campbell, Chester, Childress, Clapp, Clift, Coldwell, Cole, Conner, Cooper, Cowan, Craft, Cullom, Dake, Dashiell, Deaderick, DeWitt, Dibrell, Dickens, Dodd, East, Elder, Elliott, Erskine, Estes, Evans, Eve, Ewing, Fain, Fentress, Ferriss, Fleming, Folsom, Foote, Foster, Frayser, Freeman, Frierson, Frizzell, Fulkerson, Gantt, Gaines, Gallaway, Gardenhire, Gaut, Gibson, Glass, Godwin, Golliday, Goodbar, Grant, Graves, Green, Greer, Hadden, Hall, Haller, Harding, Hardwick, Harrell, Harris, Harrison, Haynes, eiskell, Henderson, Henning, Hill, Holman, Holmes, Houk, House, Howell, Hughes, Humes Ingersoll, Jackson, Jones, Jordan, Keating, Kennedy, Key, Killebrew, King, Kyle, Larkin, Latta, Lea, Ledgerwood, Lidsley, Lipscomb, Livingston, Looney, Long, McAdoo, McBride, McConnell, McDowell, McFarland, McFerrin, McGuire, McMurray, McNeal, McTyeire, McWhirter, Maddin, Marchbanks, Marks, Martin, Mathes, Maruy, Meek, Menees, Mitchell, Morgan, Moore, Mumford, Muse, Neal, Neely, Neilson, Nelson, Netherland, Nichol, Nichols, Nicholson, Overton, Paine, Palmer, Patterson, Pettibone, Phillips, Pitman, Plunket, Porter, Quarles, Rambaut, Randolph, Reid, Richardson, Roberts, Robison, Rodgers, Rose, Safford, Sanford, Saunders, Scobey, Sears, Senter, Shearer, Sheppard, Shields, Simonton, Smith, Smitheal, Smithson, Staley, Stark, Stephens, Stewart, Stockell, Stokes, Tarver, Taylor, Temple, Thompson, Thomas, Thornburgh, Thornton, Thurman, Tinnon, Trewhitt, Trousdale, Turley, Turney, Ussery, Vance, Van Deman, Van Dyke, Vertrees, Wade, Ward, Warder, Watson, White, Shitthorne, Wilder, Williamson, Wilson, Wood, Woods, Wright, and Young.

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