Index to Letters of the Tennessee Governors


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Name Years Parts
William Blount 1790-1795 Pt. 1      
John Sevier 1796-1801 Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4
Archibald Roane 1801-1803 Pt. 1 Pt. 2    
John Sevier 1803-1809 Pt. 1 Pt. 2    
Willie Blount 1809-1815 Pt. 1      
Joseph McMinn 1815-1821 Pt. 1 Pt. 2    
William Carroll 1821-1827 Pt. 1      
William Carroll 1828-1835 Pt. 1      



The official papers of Tennessee governors beginning with the territorial governor, William Blount (1790-1796), form an extensive collection at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. This collection contains such varied items as letters discussing both local and national political events of the day, petitions from Tennessee citizens, gubernatorial proclamations, and commissions for everything from state militia officers to county sheriffs.

This index lists the various letters and other official correspondence of Governors William Blount, John Sevier, Archibald Roane and William Carroll. It gives the names of those who wrote to and received letters from the governors as well as a brief summary of the contents. The governors' correspondence sheds light on the events and circumstances that shaped the time in which the letters were written as well as the people who wrote them. This index has been prepared to bring little-known material to light, and to make use of the correspondence easier.


Names preceded by an asterisk ( * ) indicate that a transcription of the item is located in that folder but not necessarily the original item. A question mark in brackets indicates that an item is difficult to read or unclear.

NA = Not Applicable
NG = Not Given


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