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John B. Brownlow Letter

Identifier: MS-0363

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This collection consists of a single letter from John B. Brownlow to William G. McAdoo on February 4, 1890. In it, Brownlow recalls a speech that Andrew Johnson (who was then campaigning for John Breckinridge, candidate of the southern wing of the Democratic Party) gave from the Lamar House (now the Bijou Theater) in downtown Knoxville before the 1860 presidential election. Brownlow remembers that Johnson attacked Abraham Lincoln, saying that the South should not submit to his election, and asks McAdoo if he can confirm his recollections.


  • 1890 February 4

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection consists of a single letter from John B. Brownlow to William G. McAdoo on February 4, 1890. The letter concerns Brownlow's recollection of a speech made by Andrew Johnson in Knoxville around 1860.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Bell Brownlow was born to William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow, an East Tennessee Unionist and editor of the Knoxville Whig, and Eliza O'Brien Brownlow in Elizabethton, Tennessee on October 19, 1839. He graduated from Emory and Henry College in Virginia and then served a long internship at his father's newspaper. During the Civil War, Brownlow commanded the Union's 9th Regiment of Tennessee Cavalry. After the war, he served as a special agent for the United States Treasury Department (1865-1866) and then worked for the United States Post Office. In 1904, Brownlow and his son, William G. Brownlow II, started Knoxville's first real estate firm, J. B. & W. G. Brownlow Co. John Bell Brownlow died in 1922.


This collection is in one folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections in 1966 by P.M. Hammer.

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