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Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

James M. McCallum

(1806 - 1889)

 

— Historian - Lawyer —

 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
1. James M. McCallum Marker
Inscription.  James M. McCallum was born in Roberson County, North Carolina in 1806. At an early age his family moved to Giles County where he eventually studied law and opened an active practice in Pulaski.

In 1842 McCallum was elected Clerk and Master of the Giles County Chancery Court and served in that position until 1861. He represented Giles County in the Tennessee General Assembly from 1861 to 1863 and served one term in the Confederate Congress from 1864 to 1865. From 1860 through 1862, McCallum served as Grand Master of the “Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Tennessee.”

James McCallum's interest in history led to his writing of A Brief Sketch of the Settlement and Early History of Giles County Tennessee in 1876. He presented his work at a public program celebrating Tennessee's centennial but his manuscript remained unpublished until 1926. McCallum's work became the definitive historical work on Giles County.

James M. McCallum died on September 16, 1889. His wife was named Eliza Brown McCallum.
 
Erected by City of Pulaski.
 
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marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1806.
 
Location. 35° 11.554′ N, 87° 1.681′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker can be reached from Cleveland Street west of South Sam Davis Avenue, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in Maplewood Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pulaski TN 38478, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Goff Ballentine (here, next to this marker); Samuel “Sam” Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Pulaski Cornerstone — Southeast (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas McKissack Jones (about 300 feet away); Maplewood Cemetery (about 300 feet away); United States Colored Infantry (about 300 feet away); Thomas Martin (1799-1870) (about 400 feet away); General John Calvin Brown (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pulaski.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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