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Dig Deeper: Why was Kingston the state capital?

In the Tellico Treaty of 1805, the Cherokees requested that the state capital be moved to Kingston, and the state agreed as part of the treaty.

Unfortunately the Indians didn’t stipulate how long they wanted the capital at Kingston. The legislature met there for a few hours on September 21, 1807, making Kingston the capital for one day. They then returned to Knoxville which once again became the capital. 

Picture Credits:
  • Photograph of the house that served as the Tennessee State Capitol at Kingston. This photo was taken in 1889 and shows a couple standing in the doorway. Tennessee State Library and Archives

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