Brownlow's election as governor is regarded by many as having been rigged. The South had just surrendered, much of the state had been under a Union military occupation government, and there was still much confusion. As ex-Confederate soldiers and Confederate sympathizers were barred from voting, most of the electorate was confined to the eastern part of the state, where there had never been much slavery practiced and secession was generally never popular or accepted.
Also known as "Parson" Brownlow or "The Fighting Parson", he made his way to East Tennessee as a travelling (itenerant) Methodistpreacher. He travelled from town to town, giving fire and brimstone speeches to anyone who would listen. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, given his ardent pro-Union views, Brownlow was also an equally-ardent white supremacist and a supporter of slavery.
He was responsible for the current seal of Tennessee.
Brownlow's election as governor is regarded by many as having been rigged.
Brownlow was re-elected by a still-reduced electorate in 1867; he resigned in February, 1869 to accept election to the United States Senate by the state legislature, the method used prior to the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment.
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