Brownlow, William Gannaway, 1805-1877

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Birth 1805-08-29
Death 1877-04-29

Biographical notes:

William G. Brownlow was a minister, newspaper publisher, and governor, who attacked the Confederacy after Tennessee seceded from the Union. He was forced to cease publishing and was imprisoned, but he was enventually freed and was escorted to Union lines in March 1862. He toured the North, stirring up support for East Tennessee Unionists and publishing books and articles, including his gubernatorial policies, which helped Tennessee become the first former Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union after the U.S. Civil War.

From the description of William G. Brownlow testimony letter, 1866 April 5. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 775027283

Governor of Tennessee; U.S. Senator.

From the description of Letter signed (with seven others) : Washington, D.C., to President Lincoln, [18]62 June 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270630782

Tennessee minister, politician, journalist; jailed as a Union sympathizer, 1861-1862; Tennessee governor, 1865-1869; U.S. senator, 1869-1875.

From the description of Note : Barbourville, Kentucky, 1863 Nov. 22. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27819247

Governor of Tennessee; resident of Knoxville, Tenn.

From the description of Papers, 1862-1866. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19276700

U.S. Senator, governor of Tennessee, Methodist minister, and editor of the Tennessee Whig newspaper. Known as "the fighting parson," Brownlow was the leader of Union sympathizers during the Civil War.

From the description of Certificate of appointment, 1860. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122637669

From the guide to the William Gannaway Brownlow certificate of appointment, 1860, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Rev. William Gannaway Brownlow was a Methodist minister, newspaper editor, governor and senator from Tennessee, and a Unionist in the Civil War.

From the description of Letter, dated 1863 January 17, Cincinnati, Ohio, to unknown correspondent. (University of Tennessee). WorldCat record id: 45354622

U.S. senator and governor of Tennessee and editor.

From the description of William Gannaway Brownlow papers, 1862-1868. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79452063


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  • Reconstruction
  • Politics, Government, and Law
  • Justices of the peace--Selection and appointment
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  • Governors--Tennessee--Autographs


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  • Governors--Tennessee
  • Senators, U.S. Congress--Tennessee


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