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The Battle of the Lost State of Franklin

February 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bristol, Virginia – The Bristol Historical Association will be offering a program led by Judge David Tipton on Monday, February 13 at 6:30pm at the Bristol Public Library.  The topic of the program is about the most historic series of events in upper East Tennessee, The Battle of the Lost State of Franklin.  The conflict was between the forces led by Franklinite Governor John Sevier and the authorities of the State of North Carolina led by Colonel John Tipton.
In 1784, four counties in western North Carolina declared their independence as the State of Franklin. These counties today would include Sullivan, Washington, Hawkins and Greene, Tennessee.  Earlier the state of North Carolina had ceded its western land to the United States Congress but North Carolina retracted its cession with concern that it would be sold to Spain or France to pay off the government’s war debt.  Simultaneously, representatives from these four counties petitioned for statehood as “Frankland” to the United States Congress.
The conflict ensued between the authorities of the State of North Carolina and the independent state of Franklin.  As a result, North Carolina retracted its cession and began to organize an administration for the territory.  A simple majority of states favored acceptance of the petition in Congress, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass, even after the counties’ changed their proposed name to “Franklin” in an attempt to curry Benjamin Franklin’s and others’ favor.  The state effort lasted for four years, between 1784 and 1788, when Franklin rejoined North Carolina to protect the settlements from Indian attacks.
David Tipton was an attorney and partner with the law firm of Tipton & Jones and in 2013 was appointed as Municipal Judge for the City of Bristol, Tennessee. In 2014 he was appointed by Sullivan County Commission to serve as General Sessions Judge to fill the unexpired term of Judge William A. Watson, a position he was later elected for an eight-year term.  He is a member of Tennessee Bar Association and involved with numerous community organizations, including as trustee and past President of the Rocky Mount Historical Association and member of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association, Tennessee Historical Society and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
The February 13th meeting is in partnership with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. The program is open to the general public to attend. Contact Tim Buchanan, President, for details of this or other upcoming programs, by e-mail; buchanan03@bvu.net.  Visit our Facebook page for details, BRISTOL HISTORY.


February 13, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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