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Republican Circular Against Judge Campbell

Identifier: MS-3630

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This circular was published to refute accusations Judge Campbell made against Colonel Walter P. Brownlow. The accusations include that Brownlow had hired Democrats, and the rebuttal provides numbers to show the opposite. Campbell also claimed that Brownlow was afraid to campaign against him, but the rebuttal points out that he has to remain in Washington in order to maintain a Republican majority in congress. It also addresses the charge that Brownlow is neglecting to press for the pensions for old soldiers by referring to the paperwork these soldiers hold. It goes on to report that Judge Campbell had not voted for the last fourteen years, and had refused to campaign for other candidates when asked to do so. The circular isn’t signed, but on the reverse side it has been addressed to E.P. King, agt. Paul E. Divine, Tazewell, Tennessee.


  • circa 1898

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This circular was published to refute accusations Judge Campbell had made against Colonel Walter P. Brownlow.

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter Preston Brownlow was born on March 27, 1851 to Joseph A. and Mary (Barr) Brownlow. True to his fiery uncle, William Gannaway Brownlow, Walter tried to muster into the Federal Tennessee Cavalry when he was only thirteen years old. He became the editor for the Herald and Tribune in Jonesboro in 1876. In 1881 he was the postmaster of Jonesboro, Tennessee, but he resigned to become the doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives, a role he filled until 1883. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880, 1884, 1900, and 1904, having become a member of the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee in 1882. He was a U.S. representative from 1897 to 1910, during which time he established and served on the Board of Managers for the National Soldiers’ home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was so devoted to this endeavor that he lived there during the last years of his life, and it was there he died on July 8, 1910.

Paul Eave Divine (1871-1935) was born to Dr. John Washington and Mary Adelaide "Ada" (Newlee) Divine. Paul Divine began his career working for Walter P. Brownlow during his first term in office (1897-1901) and went on to work with the National Soldiers' Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Jonesboro, Tennessee. He formed the legal firm Guinn and Divine with David M. Guinn in Johnson City, Tennessee on May 20, 1911. On September 27, 1906 Divine married Lulu Belle Milburn. Paul and Lulu Divine had three daughters: Josephine (Divine) Brandt (1908-1971), Milburn Adelaide "Sis" (1909-2001), and Florence Ellen (Divine) Miller (1916-1997).


This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this document in 2004.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA