TENNESSEE HISTORY. Tennessee State Seal. Tennessee State Flag. Tennessee Information. State size: 42,144 square miles (34 th in size) State capital: Nashville (named after Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War General Major cities: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville.
State size: 42,144 square miles (34th in size)
State capital: Nashville (named after Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War General
Major cities: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville
Admission to union: The 16th State
Date entered the union: June 1, 1796
Origin of state name: Named after the Indian village “Tanasi”
State nickname: Volunteer State
Motto: Tennessee – America at its Best
Bordering states: Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas
State bird: Mockingbird
State flower: Iris
State tree: Yellow Poplar
State dog: Blue Tick Coon Hound
Executive Branch: Governor
Judicial Branch: State Supreme Court
Legislative Branch: House of Representatives and Senate
House of Representatives consists of 99 members who each serve a two-year term in office.
There are 99 representatives, one for each district.
Senate consist of 33 members who serve four-year terms in office.
The state is divided into 33 senatorial districts from which each senator is elected.
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Population (2008): 6,214,888 (16th in size)
Tennessee’s population lives in both rural (country) and urban (city) areas.
June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state to join the United States of America.
Tennessee voters chose Sevier to be their first governor. He was governor for 12 years, directed the government to build roads, and worked with Native American tribes to gain more land for settlers. Sevier County is named after him.
Jackson played a role in founding the City of Memphis and won election to the United States Congress.
During the war of 1812, he volunteered to fight and earned the nickname “Old Hickory.”
Jackson was elected 7th President of the United States in 1828 and elected a second time in 1832 because he was a war hero. Jackson was seen as a strong, independent man of the people – a common man who stood up for the common people.
Five days after the war ended, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. His Vice President, Andrew Johnson of Tennessee, became the 17th President of the United States.
He led our country through the Reconstruction Period.
James Polk was a United States Representative and a speaker of the House. He was elected the 11th President of the United States.
During his office, America extended its western border to the Pacific Ocean.
Governor of Tennessee
Governor of Tennessee, 1901-1927.
Native of Kentucky and the first and only Governor of Tennessee to die while in office.
Austin Peay University is named after him.
Known for his work toward the transportation (roads) in Tennessee.
Nashville native and women’s suffrage (right to vote) leader.
A Civil Rights activist who is most famous for his speech, “I Have a Dream”
King was killed in Memphis, TN, on April 4, 1968 by James Earl Ray
Born as a member of the Cherokee tribe sometime around 1738, her Cherokee name was Nan’yehi.
As European settlers took over parts of Tennessee, she began to blend into the white world, and she became known as Nancy Ward.
She was known to help keep the peace between Cherokee people and the European settlers.