"VERY RARE CARTE DE VISITE (CDV) PHOTOGRAPH OF WILLIAM GANNAWAY PARSON' BROWNLOW, RECONSTRUCTION ERA GOVERNOR & UNITED STATES SENATOR FROM TENNESSEE" (ca. 1860's, Post Slavery Era) Published by S. M. Fassett, Chicago
William Gannaway “Parson” Brownlow (1805 – 1877), American Newspaper Editor, Minister, and Politician who served as Governor of the State of Tennessee (1865 – 1869), and as a United States Senator from Tennessee (1869 – 1875). A very sharp, clear and impressive photographic image on its original crisp card, with imprint on the reverse.
Brownlow’s uncompromising and radical viewpoints and his relentless invectives against his opponents made him one of the most divisive figures in Tennessee political history, and one of the most controversial politicians of the Reconstruction-era South. His gubernatorial policies, which have been described as both autocratic and progressive, helped Tennessee become the first former Confederate State to be readmitted to the Union after the U. S. Civil War.
His policy of enfranchising former slaves and reconstruction mandates brought him into conflict with the newly formed Ku Klux Klan and its’ leader, Nathan Bedford Forrest, which arose from disenfranchised ex-Confederate elements.SOLD