Adolph Ochs, the son of a Knoxville Rabbi, started his newspaper
career at the "Knoxville Journal." He went on to found the "Chattanooga
Times." In 1896, he borrowed $75,000 and gained control of "The
New York Times." When he purchased the failing newspaper, its circulation
had fallen to 9,000 daily. When he died in 1935, circulation was
The Will Thomas Legion, a Confederate unit made up of Cherokee
and Mountaineers, were a terror in the War Between the States.
In 1865, they captured the city of Waynesville, North Carolina
in order to negotiate a fair surrender. One of the Legion's terms
was to be able to carry away their firearms.
On August 18, 1920, Tennessee Representative Harry Burns passed
a deciding vote in the Legislature. It made Tennessee the ratifying
state of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. 6 days later,
a woman's right to vote became the law of the land.
The worst maritime disaster in U.S. history occured on the Mississippi
River eight miles north of Memphis. On April 27, 1865 the steamboat
Sultana's boiler exploded. Of 2,000 or more passengers on board,
over 1,500 were killed. The majority were Union soldiers recently
released from Southern P.O.W. camps.
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