Joseph McMinn (1758 - 1824)

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Birthplace: West Marlborough Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania,
Death: Died
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About Joseph McMinn

Joseph McMinn (June 22, 1758 – October 17, 1824) was an American politician. He was the fifth Governor of Tennessee, serving from 1815 to 1821. A veteran of the American Revolution, he had previously served in the legislature of the Southwest Territory (1794–1796), and as Speaker of the Tennessee Senate (1805–1811). Following his term as governor, he served as an agent to the Cherokee for the United States government

McMinn was born in West Marlborough Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and was one of ten children.[5] He obtained only a limited rural education, and even in his later years would be described as a "rustic frontiersman."[5] Though raised as a Quaker, he joined the Continental Army during the American Revolution.[6]

In 1786, McMinn moved to Hawkins County, Tennessee, where he had purchased a farm. In 1792, Southwest Territory governor William Blount appointed McMinn justice of the peace for Hawkins County,[7] and McMinn represented Hawkins County in the territorial legislature from 1794 to 1796.[6] He also served as an officer in the territorial militia, eventually rising to the rank of brigade commander.[7]

Hannah Cooper (1785–1811, her death) Rebecca Kincade (1812–1815, her death) Nancy Williams (1816–1821, separation


Gov. Joseph McMinn of Tennesse's Timeline

West Marlborough Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania,
Age 27
Age 58
Age 66
Shiloh Presbyterian Cemetery Calhoun, Tennessee