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Who's Who in Tennessee: A Biographical Reference
Book of Notable Tennesseans of To-Day

Memphis: Paul & Douglass Company, Publishers, 1911
in the Collection of the TN State Library & Archives, Nashville, TN
contributed by: Billie McNamara

 

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CATES, John W., postmaster: born near Fincastle, Tenn., June 14, 1844; English-Dutch descent; son of Green B. and Eliza (Seabolt) Cates; father's occupation, farmer; received common school education; early business occupation, farmer, and soldier in Union army, 1862-65; married twice, first Love Hollingsworth in 1866, second Lassie Hicks, 1894; member Masons, I.O.O.F.K.P and G.A.R. has filled all the stations, and represented grand lodge I.O.O.F. and K. P.; republican congressional committeeman for Campbell Co., Tenn., two years in the Houk and Gibson contest for congress; appointed deputy U.S. marshal and served five years; served as postmaster under Garfield, Arthur and Harrison; was appointed postmaser Newcomb, Tenn., in 1902 and is the present incumbent.


DOUGLASS, John Sr., lawyer, farmer, and school teacher; born Newcomb, Tenn., July 31, 1830, son of Matthew and Nancy A. (King) Douglass; father was justice of peace, soldier in war 1812, under Gen. Jackson; farmer; educated in the common schools of Campbell Co., Tenn., and at home; early business occupation, farming and teaching; married twice, first Leah Oaks, Jan. 29, 1857, second Mary Davis, April 1889; member F. & A. M., Knights of Labor, Senior and Junior Mechanics, served in all offices of Masons, except Master; representative to legislature for Campbell Co., Tenn., 1892-93; justice of the peace and notary public; former caption of company of Home Guards; census enumerator in 1880-90; member of Missionary Baptist church, and has served as clerk of same for 25 years, also clerk of South Union Association of Baptists about 20 years; commissioner of the poor of Campbell Co., Tenn., past 15 years.


ZECHINI, Peter, coal operator; born Anfo, Frescia, Lombardi, Italy; son of Stefano Zechini; father was a farmer, lumber, coal and grain dealer from Italy to Austria; paternal grandparents, Thos. and Giuglia (Mabellinni) Zechini, maternal grandparents, John and Catherine (Leali) Bonardelli; Italian descent; educated at Anfo and Brescia, Italy; began his career as a farmer and miner, married Eva Bershire, March 10, 1901; he came to America from Italy in 1885, moved to Bennington, Vt., 1889, and to Pittsburgh, Pa., 1892, where he became a U.S. citizen; moved to Tenn., in 1893, began to open coal mines in 1895; member of Catholic Church. 

 


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