Sevier County was founded in 1794. The county was named in honor of John Sevier. He served as Colonel in the Revolutionary War, & Commander of King's Mountain. A veteran of 35 battles in the Revolutionary and Indian Wars. Served as Governor of the State of Franklin. Three times represented his State in Congress. Was the First Governor of Tennessee, 1796-1801 and 1803-1809.
Sevierville is the county seat and has a population of 253. Other towns are, Catlettsburg, Harrisburg and Henderson, Sevier county is largely mountainous, with many coves and beautiful valleys interspersed among the hills. The soil is generally good, and covered with magnificent forest growth. The water courses of this county are the French Broad, Little Pigeon and numerous smaller streams. Water power is good. The products are corn, wheat, oats, etc. Stock raising receives much attention and grazing is excellent. Sevier county contains abundance of iron ore, but which, for want of transportation, has never been developed.
Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882
Sevierville: According to the Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names, this city, like the county, takes its name from a statesman who influenced the formation of the state of Tennessee, John Sevier (1745-1815). Sevier was the first governor of Franklin, the stales previous name, and became the first and third governor after the name was changed to Tennessee. He also became a U.S. representative.