John Sevier

John Sevier (1745-1815) is most well-known for his involvement in the founding of the state of Tennessee. While George Washington is known as the ‘Father of our country,’ it can be said that perhaps John Sevier is the ‘father of Tennessee.’ He played a leading role in many military campaigns against attacking Indians, most notably at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Politically, he served as the state of Tennessee’s first governor, serving six two year terms, with term limits preventing him from serving more. His most intense rivalry was with fellow politician Andrew Jackson; the two of them nearly dueled in 1803.

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