War was over when Carthage was established in 1799, many of its
veterans settled, lived and died in the county. Their names are etched
in stone on the memorial monument on the courthouse lawn. Patriotic
zeal of these men contributed to the development as well as the
history of the area:
War of 1812 - Home Guard established
to keep younger men from going to battle.
Battle of New Orleans - 2 companies of Smith County
soldiers fought under the command of Andrew Jackson.
Mexican War - 4 companies of soldiers from Smith
War Between the States - 12 companies (approx.1200
soldiers) from Smith County served in the Confederate Army.
World War I & II - hundreds from Smith County
Smith County has produced many notable historical and
William Bowen Campbell - served the state as governor ,
elected 1851 as a Whig Party candidate, Carthage attorney, Tennessee
state legislator, U.S. Congressman 1837-1843, Major General in the
Benton McMillin - served the state as governor,
elected in 1898, served in the state legislature, served in the U.S.
House of Representatives, appointed by President Wilson as U.S.
Minister to Peru in 1913.
Lucille Foster McMillin - received the highest
appointment ever for a woman of that time by President Roosevelt who
appointed her as Civil Service Commissioner in 1933 wife of Benton
Cordell Hull - served the United States in Congress,
Secretary of State for twelve years under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nobel
Peace Prize winner in 1945.
Al Gore, Jr.
- inaugurated as the 45th United States Vice President, January 20, 1993, served the
people in Smith County and Tennessee in U.S. House of Representatives, served in the U.S.
Al Gore, Sr. - United States Senator, father of Al Gore, Jr.
The state of Tennessee possesses many landmarks in honor of the accomplishments of
Smith County's people:
The Walton Road - formed by William Walton to aid in the settlement of
Fisk University - formed by Moses Fisk who established the first female
academy in the southwest at Hilham.
Clinton College - formed in 1834 by Dr. Francis Gordon of Gordonsville
near New Middleton.
Walton's Ferry - ferry boat near Rome at point of William Walton's
settlement (sunk in 1996).