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Dewitt Clinton Senter

Born: Mar 26, 1830

Death: Jun 14, 1898

Birthplace: McMinn County

Nationality: United States

Dewitt Clinton Senter

Date of Birth : Mar 26, 1830
Date of Death : Jun 14, 1898
Birth Place : McMinn County

Dewitt Clinton Senter was an American politician who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1869 to 1871. He had previously served in the Tennessee House of Representatives, where he opposed secession on the eve of the Civil War. He was elected to the Tennessee Senate following the war, and was chosen as Speaker of the Senate in 1867. As speaker, he became governor upon the resignation of William G. Brownlow in 1869. Senter is perhaps best remembered for undoing many of Brownlow's radical initiatives, most notably the restoring of the right to vote to former Confederates. The current Tennessee State Constitution was written and enacted during Senter's tenure.


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