Founder of Bristol

Founder of Bristol (HM19T0)

Location: Bristol, TN 37620 Sullivan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 35.67', W 82° 10.338'

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Erected in 2010 in honor of Joseph Rhea Anderson (1819-1888) who founded the original Town of Bristol, Virginal/Tennessee in 1852. Both sides of the town were given recognition on the official records of the time. He erected the first building in the town and became the first merchant, postmaster and banker. As the town grew he became a prominent business, civic and church leader and so remained throughout his lifetime. On the day before his death Anderson was nominated for Governor of Tennessee. In 1856 a group of citizens combined the original Bristol Virginia with adjoining Goodsonville to form the composite Town of Goodson. A point of confusion resulted since the depot, and for most years the post office, remained in Bristol. In 1890 all the Virginia side returned to the name Anderson had given it in 1852, was incorporated as such and so remains today.
HM NumberHM19T0
Placed ByCity Historian of Bristol
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 12:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 395139 N 4050530
Decimal Degrees36.59450000, -82.17230000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 35.67', W 82° 10.338'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 35' 40.20" N, 82° 10' 20.28" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-515 E State St, Bristol TN 37620, US
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