Territory South of the River Ohioand in 1794 was appointed to its 10-man legislative council. The new state of Tennessee was organized (1796) out of this territory, and Sevier, elected the first governor, served from 1796 to 1801 and again from 1803 to 1809. The rising young Andrew Jackson unsuccessfully tried to curb Sevier's political power, and the two men became bitter personal enemies. Sevier ended his distinguished career by returning to Congress (1811–15).
See his Letters in C. B. Sevier and N. C. Madden, Sevier Family History (1961) biographies by J. R. Gilmore (1887) and C. S. Driver (1932).
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