from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).


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  • On Oct 6, in Sevier County, Tennessee, sheriff’s deputies, with police in tow, arrived to evict Jimmy and Pamela Ross from their home.

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  • 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.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878

  • Sevier said yes, while Cass recommended deferring the question pending further developments.

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  • He also asked Robert M. Walsh, a Pennsylvania lawyer who was fluent in Spanish, to serve as secretary to the Sevier mission.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Walker and Buchanan expressed some misgivings about Sevier, but it became clear the president had settled on his choice.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Born in Tennessee, Sevier had migrated as a young man to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he emerged as a leading lawyer and politician.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • 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.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • It was assumed that Sevier would follow in a few days after his recovery, and the two men would then work together.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • When the president offered Sevier the mission, the senator reacted first with apparent surprise, then with a respectful decline.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Finally on June 7 the president received a definitive dispatch from Sevier and Clifford.

    A Country of Vast Designs


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