Paris in Henry County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Henry County Courthouse / Henry County
Henry County Courthouse
This Courthouse was designed by Reuben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga and built by Ed M. Wallen of New Decatur, Alabama, in 1896. It is the third courthouse on this site and is one of West Tennessee's oldest working Courthouses. The murder case Grainger v. State (1830) originated on this site and set precedent for self - defense as a basis for appeal. Confederate military units, including the "Paris Blues," 5th Tennessee Infantry and 46th Tennessee Infantry regiments, were organized on the lawn.
Henry County, named for Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry, was created on November 7, 1821 from lands that were part of the Jackson Purchase from the Chickasaws in 1818. Andrew Jackson was a member of the commission that negotiated this treaty. Henry County sent more than 2500 volunteers to the Confederate Armies, and claims the title "Volunteer County of the Volunteer State."
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4A 52.)
Topics and series. This historical Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson, and the Tennessee Historical Commission series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1965.
Location. 36° 18.125′ N, 88° 19.531′ W. Marker is in Paris, Tennessee, in Henry County. Marker is at the intersection of Wood Street (U.S. 79) and North Poplar Street, on the right when traveling east on Wood Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 North Poplar Street, Paris TN 38242, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edwin Wiley Grove (about 800 feet away); Slave (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Davis Porter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paris City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Wesley Crockett (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paris.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 542 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on March 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.