Willie Blount – Tennessee Historical Marker

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved spotting state historical markers along the highways as I travel. I’ll start sharing them here from time to time.

This one is located on Highway 41-A in Montgomery County, recognizing the fact that the fourth governor of Tennessee, Willie Blount, lived in this area. (Willie is pronounced Wylie.) Blount was a Democratic-Republican who served from 1809 to 1815 and was the half-brother of William Blount, governor of the Territory South of the River Ohio (present-day Tennessee) and one of the first U.S. Senators from the new state.


Long Time, No See

It’s been quite a while since I last posted to this blog. I’ve been writing the last three months, but the topics have been political in nature.

Now that the late unpleasantness is over, I hope to return to a few book projects I have in the works. Two projects in particular–a history of the Kitty League (minor league baseball) and a new biography of Adam Huntsman–have my attention. The latter will build on a previous biography I published in 1996 entitled The Peg-Legged Politician. I’ve learned a lot more in the past twelve years about the life of this eccentric but fascinating character. I hope to share it with readers who are interested in David Crockett, frontier politics in the Age of Jackson, and Tennessee history in general next year.

My book project on Ken Boyer is still in the research phase. Other writing assignments include a project with SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) for a book on the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals. I will write short biography on outfielder Mike Shannon.