Parson Brownlow

Parson Brownlow William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow (August 29, 1805April 29, 1877) was an American newspaper publisher, Methodist minister, book author, prisoner of war, lecturer, and politician who served as the 17th governor of Tennessee from 1865 to 1869 and as a United States Senator from Tennessee from 1869 to 1875. Brownlow rose to prominence in the late 1830s and early 1840s as editor of the ''Whig'', a polemical newspaper in East Tennessee that promoted Whig Party ideals and opposed secession in the years leading up to the American Civil War. Brownlow's uncompromising and radical viewpoints made him one of the most divisive figures in Tennessee political history and one of the most controversial Reconstruction Era politicians of the United States.

Beginning his career as a Methodist circuit rider in the 1820s, Brownlow was both censured and praised by his superiors for his vicious verbal debates with rival missionaries of other sectarian Christian beliefs. Later, as a newspaper publisher and editor, he was notorious for his relentless personal attacks against his religious and political opponents, sometimes to the point of being physically assaulted. At the same time, Brownlow was successfully building a large base of fiercely loyal subscribers.

Brownlow returned to Tennessee in 1863 and in 1865 became the war governor with the U.S. Army behind him. He joined the Radical Republicans and spent much of his term opposing the policies of his longtime political foe Andrew Johnson. His gubernatorial policies, which were both autocratic and progressive, helped Tennessee become the first former Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union in 1866, "exempting it from the lengthy federal military reconstruction inflicted on most of the South".

Soon after the Civil War, Brownlow utilized the state government to enfranchise male African-American former slaves with the right to vote and run for public office in Tennessee. Soon after, ex-Confederate political leaders and military officers used the Ku Klux Klan and likeminded vigilante groups to disenfranchise African-Americans. Provided by Wikipedia
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    Philadelphia, Cincinnati, G. W. Childs; Applegate, 1862.
    458 p. front. (port.) plates, facsim. 18 cm.
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    Published 1855
    Knoxville, Tenn. : E.B.P. Kinsloe, 1855-1861.
    7 v. : ill. (chiefly advertisements) ; 68 cm.
    Available on microfilm from the Public Library of Knoxville and Knox County.
    Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
    Other Authors: ...Brownlow, William Gannaway, 1805-1877...
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    Published 1855
    Knoxville, Tenn. : E.B.P. Kinslow, 1855-1861.
    Issued also in print.
    Other Authors: ...Brownlow, William Gannaway, 1805-1877...
    Center for Research Libraries: Feb 13, 1858-Jul 27, 1861
    Online Resource
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    Published 1863
    Knoxville, Tenn. : W.G. Brownlow, 1863-1866.
    1 online resource (v.)
    Available on microfilm from the Public Library of Knoxville and Knox County.
    Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
    Other Authors: ...Brownlow, William Gannaway, 1805-1877...
    Center for Research Libraries: Nov 11, 1863 - Nov 9, 1864
    Online Resource
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    Published 1863
    Knoxville, Tenn. : W.G. Brownlow, 1863-1866.
    v.
    Available on microfilm from the Public Library of Knoxville and Knox County.
    Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
    Other Authors: ...Brownlow, William Gannaway, 1805-1877...
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    Published 1861
    Knoxville, Tenn. : W.G. Brownlow, 1861.
    v. : ill. (chiefly advertisements) ; 51 cm.
    Available on microfilm from the Public Library of Knoxville and Knox County.
    Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
    Other Authors: ...Brownlow, William Gannaway, 1805-1877...
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    Published 1861
    Knoxville, Tenn. : W.G. Brownlow, 1861.
    1 online resource (v.) : ill. (chiefly advertisements)
    Available on microfilm from the Public Library of Knoxville and Knox County.
    Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
    Other Authors: ...Brownlow, William Gannaway, 1805-1877...
    Center for Research Libraries: Aug 3-Oct 26, 1861
    Online Resource

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