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Ashland City in Cheatham County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Thomas Jefferson Stump

Ca. 1870-1946

Thomas Jefferson Stump Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 21, 2020
1. Thomas Jefferson Stump Marker
Inscription.  The son of C. Hyde and Vina (Hale) Stump, Thomas Jefferson Stump was born in Cheatham County on February 18, 1870 and was educated in Cheatham and Dickson Counties. On October 27, 1895, he married Henrietta Dozier. They had two sons. Stump engaged in the mercantile business for 25 years. He invented and manufactured the Lively Lad weed cutter for which he received a patent in 1925 and later the Lively Lad Bushwhacker. He sold more than one-half-million in the United States and other countries. From 1898 to 1902 he served as Cheatham County sheriff. He also served as chair of the Cheatham County Board of Education and as city alderman of Ashland City. In 1937 Thomas Jefferson Stump was appointed Mayor of Ashland City, Tennessee, He died September 10, 1946 and was interred in Ashland City's Forest Hill Cemetery.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3C 80.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 18, 1870.
Thomas Jefferson Stump Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 21, 2020
2. Thomas Jefferson Stump Marker
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36° 16.557′ N, 87° 4.001′ W. Marker is in Ashland City, Tennessee, in Cheatham County. Marker is on North Vine Street 0.1 miles north of Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 N Vine St, Ashland City TN 37015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cheatham County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Braxton Lee Homestead (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sycamore Mill (approx. 3.2 miles away); Harpeth Shoals (approx. 5.2 miles away); Neptune (approx. 7˝ miles away); Pleasant View (approx. 8.4 miles away); Clifton Forebears are Buried in Old Church Cemetery to Southeast (approx. 8.8 miles away); Clifton Methodist Church (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland City.
Regarding Thomas Jefferson Stump. [From the May 21, 1926 issue of the Ashland City Times] The Lively Lad Weed Cutter recently invented by T.J. Stump is now on the market and bids fair to become one of the fastest selling implements of the day. The “Lively Lad” is made by Mr. Stump in his own factory, that has been recently built especially for the purpose of manufacturing these useful little implements. The present capacity of the plant is about 100 cutters per day. The retail price is $1.75 sold under a strict guarantee. Cheatham County Historical and Genealogical
Antique "Lively Lad" weed cutter image. Click for full size.
By Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc., 2019
3. Antique "Lively Lad" weed cutter
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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