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Tennessee Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Tennesseans

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Tennessee or spent some important time in Tennessee.

Gabriel Arthur, explorer

Polly Bergen, singer and actress

Hattie Caraway, first woman U.S. senator

Dixie Carter, actress

Samuel Powhatan Carter, general and admiral. Carter is the only person in American history to be both an Admiral in the Navy and a General in the Army.

Robert R. Church, Sr., the South's first African-American millionaire

Davy Crockett, U.S. representative and war hero

Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and actor

Miley Cyrus, actress and singer

Hernando de Soto, explorer

Dario Franchitti, race car driver

Bill Frist, U.S. senator

Jeff Foxworthy, comedian

Al Gore Jr., U.S. senator, presidential candidate, and environmentalist

Al Gore Sr., U.S. senator

Al Green, gospel singer

John Grisham, novelist

Alex Haley, novelist

Mason Hawkins, financier

Faith Hill, country singer

Andrew Jackson, U.S. president

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, ultimate fighting champion

Andrew Johnson, U.S. president. Johnson held every elective office at the local, state, and federal levels. He was elected alderman, mayor, state representative, and state senator from Greeneville. He served as governor and military governor of Tennessee and U.S. congressman, senator, and vice president, becoming president of the United States following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Louis Joliet, explorer

Casey Jones, railroad engineer

Jubilee Singers, Negro spiritual group

Ashley Judd, actress

Wyonna Judd, country singer

Nicole Kidman, actress

B. B. King, blues musician

Arthur Laffer, economist, developer of the Laffer Curve

Loretta Lynn, country singer

Dave Macon, country singer

Jacques Marquette, explorer

Derrick Mason, football player

Martina McBride, country singer

Michael McDonald, pop singer and songwriter

Tim McGraw, country singer

Steve McNair, football player

Lorenzo Neal, football player

James Needham, explorer

Pat and Gina Neely, Food Network chefs, founders of Neely's Bar-B-Que

Brad Paisley, country singer

Paramore, rock group

Dolly Parton, country singer

Minnie Pearl, country singer and comedian

Carl Perkins, rockabilly singer

Sam Phillips, recording studio owner

Elvis Presley, rock singer

Jim Reeves, country singer

Debbie Reynolds, actress and singer

LeAnn Rimes, country singer

Tex Ritter, actor and country singer

Sequoyah, Cherokee leader, inventor of first alphabet for an Indian language and the only person in history to develop an alphabet on his own.

Bessie Smith, blues singer

William Strickland, architect

Taylor Swift, country singer

John Templeton, mutual fund pioneer and philanthropist

Justin Timberlake, singer

Keith Urban, country singer

Porter Wagoner, country singer

Darrell Waltrip, auto racer

Kimberly Williams, actress

Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inns

Sheb Wooley, actor

Alvin York, war hero

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