This & ThatThe State of Franklin, Tennessee and Johnson County

As Iíve said before in this column, Tennessee and Johnson County have had a very interesting history. The question may arise as to what is behind the names Tennessee and Johnson County. Furthermore, as I consider the brave folks who attempted to form the state of Franklin only eight years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the question may be asked how and when was the state of Franklin formed and who was its namesake.

First Iíll mention a little about Tennessee. Tennessee, the 16th state admitted to the Union, became a state in 1796, only twenty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The state was named after a Cherokee Indian village called Tanasi. Tanasi was also the Cherokee name for the river. Tennessee has the distinction of being the last state to secede from the Union (June 8, 1861) and the first one to be readmitted (July 24, 1866) to the Union.

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