Lecture and Book Signing: “Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections & a Life of Service” – POSTPONED
(As a proactive measure against the COVID-19 virus, this event has been postponed.)
Tyler Boyd, the great grand-nephew of Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn, will discuss his recently released book, Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections & a Life of Service. The lecture is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and is free and open to the public. Boyd will sign books following the program, and books will be available for purchase.
While Burn, a McMinn County native, is best known for casting the tie-breaking vote in the Tennessee Legislature to ratify the 19th Amendment and enfranchising millions of American women, his career was just getting started in 1920. Other highlights include running for governor, writing successful legislation to prevent election fraud, advocating for lowering the voting age and fighting for equal apportionment of the rural-dominated state Legislature. Boyd’s book tells the complete story of Burn’s role in the 19th Amendment’s ratification, debunks the myths and apocryphal stories that followed the statesman’s life, and draws upon exclusive resources in the possession of the Burn family.