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The city of Kingston served as Tennessee's state capital for one day (September 21, 1807) as a result of treaties negotiated with the Cherokee Indians. The two-hour legislative session passed two resolutions and adjourned back to Knoxville.
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Andrew Johnson held every elective office at the local, state, and federal level, including President of the United States. He was elected alderman, mayor, state representative, and state senator from Greeneville. He served as governor and military governor of Tennessee and United States congressman, senator, and vice president, becoming President of the United States following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
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Iroquois, bred at Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation, was the first American winner of the English Derby in 1881. Such modern thoroughbreds as Secretariat trace their bloodlines to Iroquois.
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Actress-singer Polly Bergen, from Knoxville, is the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.
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Tennessee won its nickname as The Volunteer State during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans.
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The Copper Basin is so different from the surrounding area it has been seen and is recognizable by American astronauts. The stark landscape was caused by 19th-century mining practices.
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There were more National Guard soldiers deployed from the state for the Gulf War effort than any other state.
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There are more horses per capita in Shelby County than any other county in the United States.
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The only person in American history to be both an Admiral in the Navy and a General in the Army was Samuel Powhatan Carter who was born in Elizabethton.
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Greeneville has the only monument in the United States honoring both the Union and Confederate armies. It is located on the lawn of the Green County Courthouse.
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The city of Murfreesboro lies in the exact geographical center of the state.
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Grinders Switch, entertainer Minnie Pearl's fictitious hometown, is now an entertainment complex in her real hometown of Centerville.
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Conifer forests similar to those in Canada are found in the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Hattie Caraway (1878-1950) born in Bakersville became the first woman United States Senator.
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Davy Crockett was not born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, as the song says. He was born on the banks of Limestone Creek near Greeneville, where a replica of the Crockett's log cabin stands today.
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The Tennessee Aquarium is the largest facility of its kind to focus on fresh water habitat. It features 7,000 animals and 300 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.
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The largest earthquake in American history, the New Madrid Earthquake occurred in the winter of 1811-12 in northwestern Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake located in Obion and Lake Counties was formed during this earthquake.
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Reputed "Turtle Capital of the World," Reelfoot Lake also features thousands of sliders, stinkpots, mud and map turtles.
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Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.
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The legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones, who was killed when his train crashed on April 30, 1900, lived in Jackson.
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Oak Ridge was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb. Today, because of constant energy research, it is known as the Energy Capital of the World.
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Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves.
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The Alex Haley boyhood home in Henning is the first state-owned historic site devoted to African Americans in Tennessee.
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Bristol is known as the Birthplace of Country Music.
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. The park was named for the smoke-like bluish haze that often envelops these fabled mountains.
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Elvis Presley's home called Graceland is located in Memphis. Graceland is the second most visited house in the country.
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Knoxville was home to the 1982 World's Fair. Attendance was recorded at 11,127,786 visitors.
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Top 10 cities of Tennessee with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Memphis: 646,889
2. Nashville-Davidson: 626,681
3. Nashville-Davidson: 601,222
4. Knoxville: 178,874
5. Chattanooga: 167,674
6. Clarksville: 132,929
7. Murfreesboro: 108,755
8. Jackson: 65,211
9. Johnson City: 63,152
10. Franklin: 62,487
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Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union during the Civil War and the first state to be readmitted after the war.
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The nation's oldest African-American architectural firm, McKissack and McKissack, is located in Nashville.
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The nation's oldest African-American financial institution, Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, is located in Nashville.


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