|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1895|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1998|
Prominent in the advocacy of President Andrew Johnson's legacy, his mother had been the sister of that President's granddaughter. He was a cousin to Margaret Patterson Bartlett, the president's great granddaughter.
His efforts included the establishment of the Andrew Johnson National Monument in 1942, and the historic site in 1963. He helped with the creation and placement of the bronze Gray statue of Andrew Johnson in 1995, both locally and at the state capitol. He secured the placement of the portrait of President Johnson in the Executive Residence in Nashville.
On June 1, 1998, his 103rd birthday, he was honored with the Ralph Phinney Scholarship at Tusculum College. His earlier action made sure that President Johnson's papers became a primary part of the Tusculum Johnson Museum and Library.
His other tributes include:
World War I 1st Lieut. 1917-1919
Honorary Mayor of Greeneville June 1, 1993
Honorary Life Mbr. of Brd. of Trustees Tn Presidents Trust
At 100, Honored as Region's Most Respected Citizen by U.S. Repr. Jms. Quillen.
Grand Marshal of 1996 local Tennessee Bicentennial Parade
Eldest V.P.I. graduate - in 1986 at more than 90 years of age, he drove himself to his class reunion in Blacksburg, VA from Greeneville, only to discover " I didn't have much in common with my nearest classmates" !
An Electrical Engineering Degree from VPI enabled him to become an early pioneer of electrification for the region from the 1920's in East Tennessee area.
He was a lifelong bachelor.
Hugh Robert Phinney (1866 - 1946)
Minnie Barkley Phinney (1866 - 1951)
Hugh Robert Phinney (1893 - 1932)*
Ralph McCullough Phinney (1895 - 1998)
Oak Grove Cemetery
Plot: Section D-E
Created by: Wes Phinney
Record added: Mar 15, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8510506