American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Sevier, John 1745-1815. American Revolutionary soldier and politician. He led the settlers who defeated the Loyalists in the Battle of King's Mountain (1780) and later served as the first governor of Tennessee (1796-1801 and 1803-1809).
“On Oct 6, in Sevier County, Tennessee, sheriff’s deputies, with police in tow, arrived to evict Jimmy and Pamela Ross from their home.”
“His education and mind, they knew, were no better than theirs; his manners were not as good; but a man who, with but a hundred dollars in his pocket, could camp down in the woods and evolve out of the bare earth a farm, a mill, a mica-mine, a house with comforts and luxuries such as Sevier had never dreamed of, had a quality which stunned and awed them.”
“Sevier said yes, while Cass recommended deferring the question pending further developments.”
“He also asked Robert M. Walsh, a Pennsylvania lawyer who was fluent in Spanish, to serve as secretary to the Sevier mission.”
“Walker and Buchanan expressed some misgivings about Sevier, but it became clear the president had settled on his choice.”
“Born in Tennessee, Sevier had migrated as a young man to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he emerged as a leading lawyer and politician.”
“On February 28, two days after the Adams funeral, the president heard from Ambrose Sevier that the Foreign Relations Committee had convened a meeting and recommended rejection.”
“It was assumed that Sevier would follow in a few days after his recovery, and the two men would then work together.”
“When the president offered Sevier the mission, the senator reacted first with apparent surprise, then with a respectful decline.”
“Finally on June 7 the president received a definitive dispatch from Sevier and Clifford.”
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