Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn

In person & online
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 6:45pm

Tyler Body and the book Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn

In-Person Reservations
East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) 
Register on Eventbrite

Online Reservations
Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of the program to watch this on Facebook Live.

Join Tyler L. Boyd, the great-grandnephew of Harry T. Burn, for his account of the incredible suffrage story centered around his great-great-grandmother, Febb Burn, and her influence on the history changing vote of her son Harry, the youngest legislator in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1920. Boyd will discuss the highlights of Harry T. Burn's continued career in state and local politics, as well as debunk a few myths.

Boyd's research and writing on his family's notable history was made possible through access to exclusive Burn family resources, including a rich oral tradition. He also delved into the Harry T. Burn Papers in the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.

Copies of his award-winning book, Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections, and a Life of Service, will be available for purchase and signing. The book has been recognized with an East Tennessee Historical Society Award of Distinction, the Daughters of the American Revolution's Historic Preservation Award, and was selected for the Tennessee State Museum's 2020 Book Club.

This program is one in a series of lectures to be offered this summer, sponsored by the Albers Family Foundation in memory of Harriet Z. Albers and by Gentry-Griffey Funeral Home in Knoxville. The East Tennessee Historical Society is privileged to share regional history with our members and the public.

About the Speaker
Tyler L. Boyd was born and raised in Athens, the county seat of McMinn County, Tennessee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s in education from the University of Tennessee. He has taught in Loudon and Bradley counties and serves on the Program Committee at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum. Currently, he is working on two new books—one on a trailblazing journalist from Chattanooga and another about a brutal political machine in Polk County.

Special Thanks
Thank you to the City of Knoxville and the Knox County Public Library Foundation for their support of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s suffrage programming through a City of Knoxville Suffrage Seed Grant award.

Purchasing Books
Paperback copies of Boyd’s book are available from the Museum of East Tennessee History Museum Shop. You may pre-order your copy prior to attending the in-person lecture, and we will have it ready for pick up at the front desk upon your arrival. We will also ship signed or unsigned books. Call 865-215-8825 or 865-215-8830.

From The Back Cover: After reading a letter from his mother, Febb Burn, Harry T. Burn cast the deciding vote to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting suffrage rights to millions of American women. Born and raised in McMinn County, he served in Tennessee government in various capacities for many years, including terms in the state senate and as a delegate to state constitutional conventions. His accomplishments include helping secure universal suffrage rights, drafting clean election laws and leading successful careers in law and banking. He encountered more controversies in his career, such as an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid, election fraud and implementation of state legislative reappointment.

Publisher: The History Press (August 5, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
Item Weight: 1.35lbs.
Dimensions: 6 X 0.31 X 9 inches

Info needed for shipping: your name, shipping address, if you would prefer to wait for a signed copy, billing address, and complete information on method of payment

Indeed needed for day-of sales: your name, billing address, and complete information on method of payment

Purchase price per book: $26.95
Sales Tax: $2.50
Total per book for pick up: $29.49
Shipping Cost: $4.00
Total per book shipped: $33.49
Shipping Cost per additional book: $2.00

Members receive a 10% discount! Please let us know you are a valued ETHS member when calling.