|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1929|
Lonnie Edward Maness was born on July 30, 1929, in Wildersville, Tennessee, located in Henderson County, Tennessee. He grew up and attended elementary school and then graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, Tennessee. To pursue higher education, he first went to the University of Tennessee Junior College in Martin, Tennessee, where he received a two-year certificate.
Lonnie's wife, Brooksie Nell Altom Maness, was born on December 24, 1932, on the Altom farm, close to Parker's Crossroads, Tennessee. After the death of her father, the family moved to the Roans Creek area. She attended both grade and high school at the Clarksburg School in Carroll County, Tennessee.
After Lonnie's marriage to Brooksie, employment opportunities took them first to Peoria, Illinois, and later to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Milwaukee, Lonnie worked for the Standard Oil Company of Indiana for twelve years as a cashier at their Jones Island terminal. In 1961, he earned a BS degree with two majors, history and economic, from the University of Wisconsin while attending its evening division. Later that year, the family moved to Iowa where Lonnie attended the University of Iowa and worked on his PhD.
In 1965, Lonnie was employed as an instructor of history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was promoted to assistant professor and given tenure in 1968, and he was promoted to associate professor in 1972. In 1975, Professor Maness continued working on his PhD by transferring his college records to Memphis State University, now know as the University of Memphis. He took evening and Saturday classes during the academic year and attended summer school for several years. In December 1980, his doctorate was awarded. Dr. Maness was promoted to the rank of professor at UT-Martin in 1981. He served as a faculty senator for several terms, was active on a number of university and school committees, and chaired several departmental committees. He was also a longtime advisor to the Alpha Delta Delta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history society. In 1984, he was selected as a University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher.
Dr. Maness has a long scholarly record. He has published numerous articles on a variety of subjects in the Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society, the West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, the Presidential Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Confederate History, the Colonial Courier, and the local newspapers. His publications also include a long list of book reviews in an even larger number of journals. These articles deal with many topics such as the Civil War, World War II, Congressman Henry Emerson Etheridge, and the attempted impeachment of President John Tyler. Dr. Maness's book on General Nathan Bedford Forrest, An Untutored Genius: The Military Career of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, was published in 1990.
Dr. Maness lost his wife to cancer in 1996.
Lonnie Edward Maness (1905 - 1967)
Ruby Jewell Fowlks Maness (1911 - 1999)
Brooksie Nell Altom Maness (1932 - 1996)
Lonnie Edward Maness (1929 - ____)
James Edgar Maness (1930 - 2002)*
Louise Maness Gerleve (1931 - 2015)*
William Glenn Maness (1933 - 2001)*
Created by: Kimberly Parker
Record added: Feb 10, 2013
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