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1 What American Naval hero from Knoxville is remembered for his famous rally cry "Damn the torpedoes!"? Admiral David Farragut
2 What Carthage native served as U.S. Vice President from 1993-2001? Albert Gore Jr.
3 What U.S. Vice President and Tennesseeans graduated from Harvard University in 1969? Albert Gore Jr.
4 What TN Senator served three terms in the U.S. Senate from 1953-1979? Albert Gore Sr.
5 What World War I hero was born in Pall Mall in 1887? Alvin Cullum York (Sergeant York)
6 In 1796, who became the very first Tennessee congressman? Andrew Jackson
7 What Tennessee U.S. Senator became the 7th U.S. President in 1828 and served for two terms in office? Andrew Jackson
8 What Greenville resident became the 17th U.S. President after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865? Andrew Johnson
9 What secret weapon of mass destruction was first assembled in Oak Ridge in 1945? Atomic bomb
10 General Andrew Jackson of TN was the leader of what victorious battle on January 8, 1815? Battle of New Orleans
11 What Republican U.S. Senator from TN graduated from Princeton and Harvard was a heart surgeon for 17 years? Bill Frist
12 During the American Civil War, the battle of Missionary Ridge was conducted in what East, TN city? Chattanooga
13 What American Indian tribe was denied of their appeals for government protection by President Andrew Jackson? Cherokees
14 What American Statesman born in Overton (now Pickett) County won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1945? Cordell Hull
15 Trailblazer Daniel Boone cleared this passageway through the Cumberland Mountains. Cumberland Gap
16 What Amer. Politician and frontiersman from TN was killed at the Alamo? Davy Crockett
17 What Nashville born astronomer born in 1857 had a star named after him? Edward E. Barnard (Barnard's Star)
18 What U.S. senator and reformer is known as the creator of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)? George W. Norris
19 What Memphis, TN State Representative graduated from John Gumpton College with a B.S. in Mortuary Science? Harold E. Ford
20 What female Tennessean became the first woman U.S. Senator? Hattie Caraway
21 What Spanish explorer crossed the Mississippi and met with the Chickasaw Indian tribe near Memphis in 1541? Hernando De Soto
22 Who is Jasper Newton Daniel better known as? Jack Daniel
23 What Nashville lawyer and state Governor became the 11th U.S. President (1845-1849)? James Knox Polk
24 What TN, U.S. President declared war on Mexico on May 11, 1846? James Knox Polk
25 What American Statesman born near Nashville, defeated James Polk to become speaker of the house in 1834? John Bell
26 What Native American chief of the Cherokee Nation was born near Lookout Mt.. in 1790? John Ross (Coowescoowe)
27 Who was the first Governor of Tennessee? John Sevier
28 What Spanish explorer, explored East TN in 1560 and built several cabins near Chattanooga that he later abandoned? Juan Pardo
29 In 1796, Congress made Tennessee the 16th state of the Union, what city was first named as the state capital? Knoxville
30 What secret terrorist organization was started in Pulaski in 1865? Ku Klux Klan
31 What former University of TN president served as Secretary of Education under President George H. W. Bush? Lamar Alexander
32 Where was the civil war battle called "The Battle Above the Clouds" fought? Lookout Mtn.Chattanooga, TN
33 What American civil rights leader and Nobel prize winner was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis? Martin Luther King Jr.
34 In the 1800's Tennesseeans earned their nickname as the Volunteer State by volunteering for what? Military duty
35 What citrus soft drink that was invented in Tennessee derived its name from moonshine? Mountain Dew
36 Where was Tennessee's state capital from 1819-1826? Murfreesboro
37 What American Confederate Calvary general born in Bedford Co. became the first leader of the original Ku Klux Klan? Nathan Bedford Forrest
38 What black American poet, essayist and lecturer born in Knoxville founded Nikton Limited publishing company? Nikki Giovanni
39 What American Civil War general founded Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate in 1895? Oliver Otis Howard
40 After graduating from Tennessee State University in 1976, this talk show host went on to form HARPO productions. Oprah Winfrey
41 What former TN governor was sent to prison in 1979 for selling pardons? Ray Blanton
42 What garment did Governor Lamar Alexander associate with his campaign? Red and Black Plaid Shirts
43 What military commander and Tennessee governor resigned his position and went to live with the Cherokee Indians? Sam Houston
44 What Native American leader and inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet was born in Taskigi around 1770? Sequoya
45 Tennesseean and World War I hero Alvin Cullum York was better known as? Sergeant York
46 What endangered fish caused a U.S. Supreme court to delay the construction of Tellico Dam in the late 1970's? Snail Darter
47 What federal corporation was created in 1933 to develop the natural resources of the Tennessee valley? Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
48 What was the name of the secret government project in Oak Ridge that produced the Atomic Bomb? The Manhattan Project
49 What privately controlled institute of higher learning in Nashville was founded in 1873 as Central University? Vanderbilt University
50 Who founded the city of Knoxville? William Blount
51 What Nashville born adventurer was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua in 1856? William Walker
52 In 1982 Knoxville was the host for what major world event? World's Fair
53 What Hollywood actress with a 90210 address was born in Memphis, on April 12, 1971? Shannen Doherty
54 What legendary railroad engineer that live in Jackson was killed in a train crash on April 30, 1900? Casey Jones
55 What had 11,127,786 visitors in one year? 1982 Worlds Fair Knoxville, TN
56 What Tennessee whiskey maker was never married but never seen out of the company of women? Jack Daniels
57 What was the name of the Cherokee Indian village that the name Tennessee was derived from? Tanasi
58 What was Tennessee's first Television station? WMCT Memphis 1948
59 What Tennessee Senator was US Senate Majority Leader from 1981-1984? Howard H. Baker Jr.
60 The first settlement in middle TN located in Castalian Springs is called what? Wynnwood
61 In 1756 this was the 1st Anglo-American settlement west of the Alleghenies and South of the Pennsylvania. Fort Loudon near Knoxville
62 Although Knoxville was founded by William Blount, who was the city named after? General Henry Knox
63 From Fort Donelson, during the Civil War, who said "No terms except immediate and unconditional surrender can be accepted" ? General Ulysses S. Grant
64 In 1715 what disease greatly devastated the Cherokee Indians, reducing their population to about 11,000? Smallpox
65 What Nashville mayor and millionaire was elected as governor of Tennessee in 2002? Phil Bredeson
66 In 1969, escaped convict James Earl Ray plead guilty to killing Martin Luther King Jr. and was sentenced to 99 years in what prison? Brushy Mountain State Prison
67 In 1983 what two Knoxville banking brothers were responsible for the fourth largest bank failure in U.S. history Jake and C.H. Butcher
68 In 1994 what 73 year old Chattanooga resident was convicted of the 1963 slaying of civil rights leader Metgar Evars? Byron DeLa Beckwith
69 Where was Coca Cola first bottled? Chattanooga in 1899
70 Little Diamond, born in the Knoxville Zoo was the first one of these to be born in the western hemisphere. African Elephant
71 What popular Tennessee public service announcement first "littered" the airwaves in 1976 and then again in 1998? "Tennessee Trash"
72 On June 8, 1861, what did the state of Tennessee join? The Confederacy
73 Who was the first Confederate commander in Tennessee? Gen. Leonidas Polk
74 Who did Abraham Lincoln appoint as military governor of Tennessee? Senator Andrew Johnson
75 What Confederate general was killed in 1862 during the battle of Shiloh? Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston
76 What Tennessean U.S. President was the first President to ever be impeached? Pres. Andrew Johnson
77 In Sept. 1864, what Confederate Calvary officer was killed in Greenville by Union troops while he was performing a surprise raid? John Hunt Morgan
78 What National hero Naval officer that was born near Knoxville in 1801, entered the navy as a midshipman at age 9? Admiral David Farrugut
79 What was former Governor Ned McWherter's trademark snack? Nilla Wafers
80 With 23,000 casualties, where in Tennessee was the "bloodiest battle" of the Civil War fought? Stones River