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The county seat of Greene County, Tennessee is the town of Greeneville. It was named after Nathanael Greene, the famed Revolutionary War hero. No other town in the United States is spelled this way. In 1784, it was designated the capital of the State of Franklin in an attempt to secede from the state of North Carolina, where it was at that time located. Greeneville was populated by die-hard abolitionists and Unionists. There was an avid abolitionist movement in Greeneville, due in large part to the influx of Quakers who came to the area in the late 18th century. The 17th President of the United States, Andrew Johnson started his political career in Greeneville, and he and his family lived there most of his life.

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