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The State of Franklin Tennessee Becomes a State Famous People from Tennessee. The State of Franklin. After the American Revolution settlers in the land that is now Tennessee needed a government. Some settlers wanted to form a state and join the United States.

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the state of franklin
The State of Franklin
  • After the American Revolution settlers in the land that is now Tennessee needed a government.
  • Some settlers wanted to form a state and join the United States.
  • In 1784, a group of settlers met and formed a new state they called Franklin.
  • It was named for Benjamin Franklin.
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The State of Franklin
  • The state of Franklin covered most of what is now East Tennessee.
  • John Sevier was chosen to be its leader.
  • The United States government did not want Franklin to be a state. Leaders thought this land should stay part of North Carolina.
southwest territory
Southwest Territory
  • In 1790 the U.S. set up a new government for Tennessee replacing Franklin.
  • Tennessee was made part of the Southwest Territory.
  • William Blount became the governor of the Southwest Territory.
  • Problems developed between the settlers and the Indians.
tennessee becomes a state
Tennessee Becomes a State
  • In 1796 a meeting was held in Knoxville the capital of the Southwest Territory to discuss statehood.
  • The United States government voted to make Tennessee a state in 1796.
  • John Sevier was chosen as the states first governor.
famous people
Famous People
  • There are many people in the history of our nation that called Tennessee their home.
  • A few were Presidents but there were many others who are just as important in the history of our state and our nation.
andrew jackson
Andrew Jackson
  • He was the first person from Tennessee to become President.
  • He signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830.
  • Remembered for the Trail of Tears.
nancy ward
Nancy Ward
  • Nan’yehi was a Cherokee Indian.
  • She was considered a peace maker in the Cherokee nation.
  • As more settlers moved to Tennessee, she blended with the white world and was known as Nancy Ward.
davy crockett
Davy Crockett
  • He was a hunter and soldier.
  • He fought in many Indian battles.
  • He served in the U.S. Congress.
  • He was critical of Andrew Jackson.
  • He died at the Alamo.
sam houston
Sam Houston
  • He ran away as a teenager to live with Cherokee Indians.
  • With the help of Andrew Jackson, he became governor of Tennessee and resigned to return to live with the Cherokees.
  • He was President of the Republic of Texas.
sequoyah
Sequoyah
  • His father was a white fur trader and his mother was a Cherokee.
  • He fought in the War of 1812.
  • He developed an alphabet and written language for the Cherokee people.
james k polk
James K. Polk
  • He was the second man from the state of Tennessee to become President of the U.S.
  • A war was fought with Mexico when he was President.
  • He helped decide the border between the U.S. and Canada near Oregon Country.

Young Hickory

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John Sevier
  • John Sevier was chosen as the leader of Franklin.
  • He served as the first governor of Tennessee.
  • Indians hated and feared John Sevier.