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Bedford County TN Biographies

THOMAS EAKIN CLAY

Educator; born in Shelbyville (Bedford Co) Tenn., May 21, 1855; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Silas Webb and Ellen (Nevins) Clay; received common school education Athens, Ala., and graduated in academic course from Edgefield Male Academy June 15, 1879; in early life engaged in farming, later became a school teacher; in 1885 elected principal of Robertson Academy, Davidson Co., then the oldest school in Tenn.; has been engaged in educational work for thirty-one years; is at present Superintendent of Public Schools for the City of Franklin, Tenn.; has real estate interests in Nashville; married Lula Riggan Feb. 5, 1891; member of I.O.O.F.; Democrat (Independent); member M.E. church, South.

Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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