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William G. Swan Broadside

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3621

William G. Swan published this broadside to assure voters that he was a candidate for the Second Judicial Circuit. He had been appointed by the governor and had been public with his intentions to run, but his opponents were telling voters that he wasn’t campaigning in the hopes of persuading his supporters to vote for them. These same opponents also had held a secret primary in an attempt to focus all opposition support on one of their candidates. Judge Swan was not able to actively campaign because he had been home with his dying brother, and he couldn’t announce in the local political papers because he wasn’t friends with either editor, hence this broadside.

Dates

  • 1857 August 10

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

William G. Swan published this broadside to assure voters that he was a candidate for the Second Judicial Circuit. He was not able to actively campaign because he had been home with his dying brother, and he couldn’t announce in the local political papers because he wasn’t friends with either editor, hence this broadside.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Graham Swan was born in 1821 and graduated from East Tennessee University. He married Margaret P. Mabry and was very active in Knoxville life, donating land for Market Square and participating in the company that installed gas lights on Gay Street. Swan served as Attorney General and Court Reporter from 1851 to 1854, and was mayor of Knoxville from 1855 until 1856 and mayor of East Knoxville until 1859. He was a representative in the Confederate congress from 1862 to 1865. Swan died on April 18, 1869 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this document in 1988.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
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