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Autobiography of a Country Boy

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Identifier: MS-0864

In this book, John Richard Blanton describes his childhood in Unionville, Tennessee, his education at the University of Tennessee in the 1920s, and his later career as a teacher and school administrator in primary and secondary schools in Spring City, Nashville, and Jackson, Tennessee. He also provides some information about his service in World War II and about his ancestry, including a genealogical chart of the Blanton and Crisp families.

Dates

  • 1974

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

In this book, John Richard Blanton describes his childhood in Unionville, Tennessee, his education at the University of Tennessee in the 1920s, and his later career as a teacher and school administrator in primary and secondary schools in Spring City, Nashville, and Jackson, Tennessee. He also provides some information about his service in World War II and about his ancestry, including a genealogical chart of the Blanton and Crisp families.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Richard Blanton was born to Virgil Edward Duggan and Willie Warnetta (Owen) Blanton in Unionville, Tennessee on August 9, 1903. He was the fifth of seven children, including Hattie Duggan (1889-1958), Carroll Everette (1892-1964), Willie Houston (1894-1971), Jessie Mai (1898-1920), Owen Lee (1906-1974), and Eddie Lowe (1908-). He married Marye Charlton Bullard on August 9, 1930, and the couple had two children, Elizabeth Bullard and John Richard Jr. John Blanton Sr. completed his BS (1928) and MS (1932) at the University of Tennessee, after which he worked in the public and secondary schools in Spring City, Nashville, and Jackson, Tennessee. He also served at the Reception Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina administering intelligence and educational tests to draftees during World War II. Blanton returned to education after the War and retired from Lambuth College in 1969. He remained active in his community, participating in the Kiwanis Club and volunteering with the Methodist Church until his death on July 26, 1994.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

John Richard Blanton presented this work to the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library.

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
865-974-4480