General John Sevier

a Brief Biography
From the Biographical Directory of the American Congress

        "JOHN SEVIER, a Representative from North Carolina and from Tennessee;  born near Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia, September 23, 1745;  attended the common schools and the academy at Fredericksburg, Virginia;  moved with his brothers in 1773 and settled on the Holston River, North Carolina (now Tennessee);  captain of Colonial Militia under Washington in Governor Dunmore's war against the Indians in 1773 and 1774;  county clerk and district judge 1777-1789;  received the thanks fo the North Carolina Legislature for meritorious services at the Battle of King's Mountain October 7, 1780;  elected Governor of "the proclaimed" State of Franklin in March 1785 and served for three years;  elected as a Democrat from North Carolina to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791);  appointed in 1791 as brigadier general of militia for the Washington District of the Territory South of the Ohio;  upon the admission of Tennessee as a State into the Union was chosen Governor and served from 1796 to 1801;  and again from 1803 to 1809;  appointed in 1798 as brigadier general of the Provisional Army;  elected from Tennessee to the Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1811, until his death;  appointed in 1815 asw one of the commissioners to determine the boundary between Georgia and the Creek territory in Alabama and served until his death, near Fort Decatur, Alabama, September 24, 1815;  interment at Fort Decatur, Alabama;   reinterment in 1889 in the courtyard at Knoxville, Tennessee, beneath a monument erected in his honor."

General John Sevier
Born, September 23, 1745
Died September 24, 1815

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