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Bristol in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Founder of Bristol

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
1. Founder of Bristol Marker
Inscription. Erected in 2010 in honor of Joseph Rhea Anderson (1819-1888) who founded the original Town of Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee in 1852. Both sides of the town were given recognition on the official records of the time. He erected the first building in the town and became the first merchant, postmaster and banker. As the town grew he became a prominent business, civic and church leader and so remained throughout his lifetime. On the day before his death Anderson was nominated for Governor of Tennessee. In 1856 a group of citizens combined the original Bristol Virginia with adjoining Goodsonville to form the composite Town of Goodson. A point of confusion resulted since the depot, and for most years the post office, remained in Bristol. In 1890 all the Virginia side returned to the name Anderson had given it in 1852, was re-incorporated as such and so remains today.
 
Erected by City Historian of Bristol.
 
Location. 36° 35.67′ N, 82° 10.338′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker can be reached from East Hill Cemetery Drive north of East State Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in East Hill Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol TN 37620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
2. Founder of Bristol Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Historian (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line in Virginia); Slave Section of East Hill Cemetery (about 400 feet away in Virginia); East Hill Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Evan Shelby (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Bristol (approx. half a mile away in Virginia); Civil War Memorial (approx. half a mile away in Virginia); Bristol (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace of Bristol (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Bristol.
 
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Founder of Bristol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
3. Founder of Bristol Marker
Grave marker of Joseph R. Anderson, Founder of Bristol
 
 
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