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Tennessee State Legislature Bill to Ascertain the Age at which a Man becomes a Bachelor and to Increase the Revenue of the State

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1207

In this bill, the Tennessee state legislature proposes a solution to the "problem of the great number of unmarried men ... feasting upon the fat of the land; regardless of the claims, which many amiable, worthy and meritorious females have upon our sex for husbands ... thereby ... offending against the peace, prosperity, honor, and dignity of the state." The document declares all unmarried men aged 30 and over to be bachelors and requires the Sheriff of each county to make a yearly list of these bachelors and levy a 25% tax on each man's property. Any bachelor who is eligible to pay the tax more than three times shall be deemed to be an incorrigible bachelor and will be subject to a 50% tax until he marries. The money collected from the tax will be given to the county trustee, who will distribute it amongst the county's unmarried women aged 25 and over. The bill passed in the House of Representatives but was set aside in the Senate for 30 years.

Dates

  • 1826 November 22

Language of Materials

This material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder)

Abstract

This collection contains a bill submitted to the Tennessee State Legislature that offered a solution to the "problem of the great number of unmarried men." The document declares all unmarried men aged 30 and over to be bachelors and requires the Sheriff of each county to make a yearly list of these bachelors and levy a 25% tax on each man's property. Any bachelor who is eligible to pay the tax more than three times shall be deemed to be an incorrigible bachelor and will be subject to a 50% tax until he marries. The money collected from the tax will be given to the county trustee, who will distribute it amongst the county's unmarried women aged 25 and over. The bill passed in the House of Representatives but was set aside in the Senate for 30 years.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Tennessee state legislature was established under the first constitution of Tennessee, which was approved on June 1st, 1796. It provided for a body of 55 delegates. The Constitution was revised in 1834 and again in 1870 after the Civil War. The formal name of the Tennessee state legislature is the Tennessee General Assembly.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480