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Joseph Buckner Killebrew Autobiography

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1429

Agriculturalist J. B. Killebrew wrote this two-volume autobiography in 1896 and 1898. Volume one begins with an account of Killebrew's ancestry, describes his life from birth to the Atlanta Exposition (1881), and closes with an appendix containing more genealogical information. Volume two begins in 1882, chronicles Killebrew's life through 1897, and closes with an article from Harper's written by Martha M. Williams.

Dates

  • 1831-1898

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Agriculturalist J. B. Killebrew wrote this two-volume autobiography in 1896 and 1898. Volume one begins with an account of Killebrew's ancestry, describes his life from birth to the Atlanta Exposition (1881), and closes with an appendix containing more genealogical information. Volume two begins in 1882, chronicles Killebrew's life through 1897, and closes with an article from Harper's written by Martha M. Williams.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Buckner Killebrew was born on May 29, 1831 to Bryan Whitfield and Elizabeth Ligor Killebrew. He graduated from the University of Chapel Hill in 1856 with financial assistance from George W. Wimberly. Killebrew opened a law practice in October of 1857 and married Mary Catharine Wimberly in December of the same year. He spent thirty years working in various Tennessee governmental agencies and supporting the state in many ways. These efforts included organizing the first public school system for Montgomery County, serving as the first Commissioner of Agriculture from 1871 to 1881, and editing the Rural Sun, an influential regional agricultural paper. Killebrew died on March 17, 1906.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Acquisition Note

These volumes were copied from originals held in the University of North Carolina's Southern Historical Collection in 1958.

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