“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bethpage in Sumner County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Jonathan Browning

American Gunmaker and Pioneer

— 1805-1879 —

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June 21, 2020
1. Jonathan Browning Marker

Jonathan Browning was born Oct. 22, 1805, on his father's farm, 3.4 miles west on Mt. Vernon Road. He apprenticed with Nashville gunsmith Samuel Porter. Six years after rebuilding his first rifle at age 14, Browning built a gun shop on the farm. In the 1830s, he opened a second gun shop in Davidson County. He moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, about 1840, where his restored gunsmith shop is located. In 1852, he migrated with Mormon Pioneers to Ogden, Utah, where son John M. Browning and his brothers founded the Browning Arms Company.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3B 81.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 22, 1805.
Location. 36° 29.247′ N, 86° 18.609′ W. Marker is in Bethpage, Tennessee, in Sumner County. Marker is at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Road and U.S. 31E, on the right when traveling west on Mt. Vernon Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3501 US 31E, Bethpage TN 37022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Durham's Chapel Rosenwald School (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hugh Rogan (approx. 3.2 miles away); Sumner County / Trousdale County (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cragfont (approx. 6 miles away); a different marker also named Cragfont (approx. 6 miles away); Isaac Bledsoe (approx. 6.1 miles away); Bledsoe's Fort, 1783-1806 (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of Bledsoe's Fort (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethpage.
Jonathan Browning Marker image. Click for full size.
June 21, 2020
2. Jonathan Browning Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2020. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 124 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2020. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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