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Burgin E. Dossett
Burgin E. Dossett was born February 02, 1897, in Campbell
Co, TN and died March 13, 1993, Jonesboro, Washington Co,
TN, the oldest City in Tennessee. He was son of Thomas David
Dossett and Mary Telitha Hunter. He married Nell Elizabeth
Jennings. He died at North side Hospital in Johnson City,
Washington Co, TN and is buried in Monte Vista Burial Park,
Johnson City, Washington Co, TN
Burgin E. Dossett Sr., age 96, East Tennessee
State University president-emeritus, died at North side Hospital
in Johnson City, after a brief illness. Mr. Dossett was born
in Campbell County on Feb. 2,1898, to the late Thomas David
and Mary Talitha Hunter Dossett. He was educated in Campbell
County schools, received and A. B. degree from the University
of Tennessee in 1922 and the M. A. degree in 1924 from Harvard
University. He received two honorary LLD degrees from Bob
Jones University and King College. His career in education
and public service spanned over 50 years, serving in virtually
every level of education from teacher at a one-room school
to holding state posts. He was Tennessee commissioner of education
and chairman of the Tennessee Board of Education in 1945-49
and in 1947 framed the General Education Bill, which reorganized
the state's educational system, setting a pattern followed
by other states. During his presidency at ETSU, the school
was transformed from a teacher's college into a fully accredited
university. He was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist
Church. Mr. Dossett had relatives and friends in Anderson
and Campbell counties. He is survived by three daughters,
and a son, and several grandchildren. Services were held today,
Wednesday, at Munsey Memorial with Dr. Paul Brown officiating.
Burial was in Monte Vista Burial Park.
Article contributed originally by Joyce
|Dossett Joined the Air Corps as
Record of Candidate For Governor Is Discussed
by East Tennessee Writer
Morristown, Tenn. Feb 20----"Buck
Private" Burgin E. Dossett will "Make a
great Governor of Tennessee," said the Morristown
Sun in a special article by T. H. Campbell.
The article was, in full, as follow:
The expected has happened. Burgin E. Dossett of Campbell
County has announced himself a candidate for Governor,
subject of the will of the Democratic party.
A graduate of University of Tennessee, with an A.
B. degree, and a Master's degree from Harvard, no
one questions Dossett's ability from an educational
standpoint. Hence, with that question settled, one
wonders what other qualifications he possesses.
Well, he was born on a farm and did the chores of
a farm boy until he entered college. He worked in
the coal mines and is familiar with the work of a
coal miner. He has drawn the line over a mule's back
and juiced the milk from a Jersey. He knows the feel
of the corn husk with frost upon it, and last, but
not least, he knows the feel of a backwoodsman entering
some of the fields that are placed figuratively beyond
It is everlastingly to the credit of Dossett that
he took the fences with a hurdle. He recognized no
barriers and does not now recognize barriers. To him
a man in overalls or broadcloth is still a man. He
recognizes the rights of American citizen whenever
and wherever questioned.
In his announcement he sticks closely to Democratic
principles, stating that he favors majority rule.
He favors ridge enforcement of all laws now upon the
statute books of the state, believing that all good
laws will stand and that bad laws should be enforced
until repealed. He favors keeping the state expenditures
within the state's revenues.
A member of the Masonic order, the Junior Order of
American Mechanics, a Christian gentleman, the father
of four children, head of schools in Campbell County,
and well known from Shelby to Sullivan, popular with
teachers, with miners, with laborers and with heads
of business, it goes without saying that Dossett starts
with a good following.
He managed the campaign of McAllster in the primary
of two years ago and did a handsome job. W. King with
Peg Bell, he managed the Democratic campaign for the
November election and piloted the horses to a handsome
He will no doubt have the support of the United States
Senators and the Governor in the coming campaign.
He is vise-president of the Young Democratic Club
of East Tennessee and stands ace high with all young
Dossett enlisted in the U. S. army in January, 1918,
as a private. He served as a balloon sergeant and
was discharged as flying cadet and later commissioned
second lieutenant. He now holds a commission in air
No opponent will be able to fling mud at Dossett that
will stick. He wears his own collar, forms his own
opinions and possesses the nerve to express them on
any and all occasions.
"He will make a great Governor."