What is the purpose of the list of Famous Tennesseans? It just keeps growing and growing. What are the criteria for inclusion on the list? President? Politician? Country music singer? Musician? Movie Star? Performer? .... anybody who made the news or was on TV and has had 15 seconds of fame? Where does one stop? This information is better suited to Wikipedia, unless someone wants to make a Famous Tennesseans road trip itinerary to visit all the places in the state that these Famous Tennesseans were born/lived/died in. -- Huttite 17:09, 15 Jan 2006 (EST)
I agree. There might be something in it for context to mention one or two famous Tennesseans, 'specially if they have attractions (ie historic homes), but this seems like a List Fr Lists' sake. I'm gonna plunge forward and remove the list. If there's a big disagreement with this someone can roll it back (or better yet!) redo the list as a few sentences of prose.Majnoona 19:02, 15 Jan 2006 (EST)
I excised the list and put it here for discussion and contemplation. The first 3 names on the list, Andrew Jackson, Sequoyah and Davy Crockett, are reasonably famous historic figures and might rate a mention. Though they should be listed under things like the See section, for historic homes, memorials or museums about these people. The famousness of the rest remains to be seen, say, after a hundred years or so has elapsed. -- Huttite 19:36, 15 Jan 2006 (EST)
Andrew Jackson. First Tennessean elected to the House of Representatives. Nicknamed "Stonewall" Jackson during the battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Also referred to as "Old Hickory". Built his home, the Hermitage, near Nashville.
Sequoyah. Born near Fort Loudoun (near Knoxville), Sequoyah is credited as the inventor of the written Cherokee Indian alphabet. He serverd under Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812 and also served as an envoy of the Cherokee Nation to Washington, D.C.
Davy Crockett. Nicknamed "King of the Wild Frontier", Davy Crockett was a member of the Tennessee legislature and a member of the United States Congress as well as one of the defenders at the beseiged Alamo.
Chet Atkins. Accredited with helping to create the "Nashville sound" of the 50's and 60's, Chet is a world famous guitarist with hits in both the country and pop music charts.
Minnie Pearl. A longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Minnie Pearl was best recognized in her straw hat with the price tag still attached.
Dolly Parton. This member of the Country Music Hall of Fame was born into a poor family in Locust Ridge. As well as a long and successful music career, she opened Dollywood theme park, and provides scholarships for students in Sevier County, Tennessee.
Morgan Freeman. This oscar winning actor credited in over 50 feature films was born in Memphis.
Cybil Shepherd. This actress was born in Memphis.
Aretha Franklin. This "giant of soul music" was born in Memphis.
Albert (Al) Gore, Jr.. The Vice President of the United States under President Bill Clinton was born in Carthage, near Nashville.
Wilma Rudolph. This Olympic champion was born in Clarksville, near Nashville, as the 20th child of 22 and overcame polio to win medals in several track events.