Biographical Album of Tennessee Governors [Archibald Roane--1801-1803] / J. S. Jones : a machine-readable transcription of an image
Jones, J. S.
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The Biographical Album of Tennessee Governors, dated 1904, contains 31 plates, each featuring a Tennessee Governor's photo on the front and biographical information on the back. This plate features Archibald Roane, Tennessee's second state governor.
Archibald Roane , second Governor of Tennessee , was born in Pennsylvania , 1760, and came to Tennessee in 1788. He was educated for the law and was a fine scholar.
He was admitted to the Tennessee bar at Jonesboro and Greeneville , 1778, and the same year he was appointed Attorney-General for the district of Hamilton . Was a member of the Constitutional Convention 1796. When the State was organized Roane was elected one of the Superior Judges for the State. 1801 John Sevier retired from the Gonvernorship and Roane was elected without opposition. He gave offense to Sevier by casting his vote as Governor against him and for Andrew Jackson for Major-General, and at the next gubernatorial election Sevier defeated him overwhelmingly in spite of General Jackson's influence. The vote stood, Roane 4,923; Sevier, 6,480. Roane then retired from political life until 1815, when he was appointed one of the Supreme Judges of the State. This office he held until his death, which occurred in 1818.
He is said to have been a highly cultured gentleman, and to have had an aversion to the turmoils of the political life of his day. While he was Governor of Tennessee the State was laid off into three Congressional districts to-wit: Washington , Hamilton, and Mero . Knoxville was the capital of the State.