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Capital: Nashville

State Nickname: Volunteer State

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Flower: Iris

Admitted to the Union: June 1, 1796

 
Governors

March 30, 1796 to September 23, 1801:

John Sevier

September 23, 1801 to September 23, 1803:

Archibald Roane

September 23, 1803 to September 20, 1809:

John Sevier

September 20, 1809 to September 27, 1815:

Willie Blount

September 27, 1815 to October 1, 1821:

Joseph McMinn

October 1, 1821 to October 1, 1821:

William Carroll

October 1, 1827 to April 16, 1829:

Sam Houston*

* Resigned from office

April 16, 1829 to October 1, 1829:

William Hall

October 1, 1829 to October 12, 1835:

William Carroll

October 12, 1825 to October 14, 1839:

Newton Cannon

October 14, 1839 to October 15, 1841:

James K. Polk

October 15, 1841 to October 14, 1845:

James C. Jones

October 14, 1845 to October 17, 1847:

Aaron V. Brown

October 17, 1847 to October 16, 1849:

Neill S.Brown

October 16, 1849 to October 16, 1851:

William Trousdale

October 16, 1851 to October 17, 1853:

William B. Campbell

October 17, 1853 to November 3, 1857:

Andrew Johnson

Nobember 3, 1857 ti March 12, 1862:

Isham G. Harris

March 12, 1862 to March 4, 1865:

Andrew Johnson*

* Appointed to office by President Lincoln

April 5, 1865 to October, 1867:

William G. Brownlow*

* Resigned from office

October 11, 1867 to October 10, 1871:

DeWitt Clinton Senter

October 10, 1871 to January 18, 1875:

John C. Brown

January 18, 1875 to February 18, 1879:

James D. Porter, Jr.

February 16, 1879 to January 17, 1881:

Albert S. Marks

January 17, 1881 to January 15, 1883:

Alvin Hawkins

January 15, 1883 to January 17, 1887:

William B. Bate

January 17, 1887 to January 19, 1891:

Robert L. Taylor

January 19, 1891 To January 16, 1893:

John P. Buchanan

January 16, 1893 to January 21, 1897:

Peter Turney

January 21, 1897 to January 16, 1899:

Robert L. Taylor

January 16, 1899 to January 19, 1903:

Benton McMillin

January 19, 1903 to March 21, 1905:

James B. Frazier*

* Resigned from office

March 21, 1905 to January 17, 1907:

John L. Cox

January 17, 1907 to January 26, 1911:

Malcolm R. Patterson

January 26, 1911 to January 17, 1915:

Ben W. Cooper

January 17, 1915 to January 15, 1919:

Thomas C. Rye

January 15, 1919 to January 15, 1921:

Albert H. Roberts

January 15, 1921 to January 16, 1923:

Alfred A. Taylor

January 16, 1923 to October 2, 1927:

Austin Peay*

* Died in office

October 3, 1927 to January 17, 1933:

Henry H. Horton

January 17, 1933 to January 15, 1937:

Hill McAilster

January 15, 1937 to January 16, 1939:

Gordon Browning

January 16, 1939 to January 16, 1945:

Prentice Cooper

January 16, 1945 to January 17, 1949:

James N. McCord

January 17, 1949 to January 15, 1953:

Gordon Browning

January 15, 1953 to January 19, 1959:

Frank G. Clement

January 19, 1959 to January 15, 1963:

Buford Ellington

January 15, 1963 to January 16, 1967:

Frank G. Clement

January 16, 1967 to January 16, 1971:

Buford Ellington

January 16, 1971 to January 18, 1975:

Winfield Dunn

January 18, 1975 to January 17, 1979:

Ray Blanton

January 17, 1979 to January 17, 1987:

Lamar Alexander

January 17, 1987 to January 21, 1995:

Ned Ray McWherter

January 21, 1995 to January 18, 2003:

Donald Kenneth Sundquist

January 18, 2003

Phil Bredesen

 
State Song
Tennessee Waltz
Written by Redd Stewart
Composed by Pee Wee King

I was waltzing with my darlin' to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see
Introduced him to my loved one and while they were waltzing
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes I lost my little darlin' the night they were playing
The beautiful Tennessee Waltz.

Tennesee actually has FIVE official state songs. They are:
My Homeland Tennessee, When It's Iris Time In Tennessee,
My Tennessee, The Tennessee Waltz,
and Rocky Top Tennessee.


Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1800: 105,602

1810: 261,727

1820: 422,813

1830: 681,904

1840: 829,210

1850: 1,002,717

1860: 1,109,801

1870: 1,258,520

1880: 1,542,359

1890: 1,767,518

1900: 2,020,616

1910: 2,184,789

1920: 2,337,885

1930: 2,616,556

1940: 2,915,841

1950: 3,291,718

1960: 3,566,949

1970: 3,926,018

1980: 4,591,120

1990: 4,877,189

2000: 5,689,262

 


State Capitol Building 1907