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Capt Thomas Green Ryman
Birth: Oct. 12, 1841
Death: Dec. 23, 1904
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Folk figure. Founder of The Ryman Auditorium (known as "The Mother Church of Country Music"). In the late 1800s, Captain Thomas Ryman owned a successful saloon and steamboat business on the Cumberland River in Tennessee. Whiskey was one of the main cargos. In 1885, he went to see the Rev. Sam Jones give a Christain revival meeting. His intent was to heckle Jones, instead he was converted. Ryman, who had ended all sales and transport of whiskey, decided to build an auditorium in Nashville, large enough to hold the evangelist's audiences. The prominent businessman was able to rally many in the Nashville business community to raise the money for the project. Originally called the Union Gospel Tabernacle, at Ryman's funeral in 1904, Sam Jones, who was officiating, suggested the name be changed to honor its builder. With the arrival of the Grand Ole Opry in 1943, The Ryman Auditorium earned its nickname "The Mother Church of Country Music." Today, it is considered one of the premiere concert halls. Its stage has hosted performers from Hank Williams and Bruce Springsteen to James Brown and the New York Symphony. A life size statue of Captain Ryan stands outside the hall today. Ryman is probably the most well known, non-musician name in country music today. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Baugh Ryman (1847 - 1926)*
 
 Children:
  Daisy Ryman Coggins (1870 - 1955)*
  Thomas Green Ryman (1872 - 1915)*
  Pearl Ryman Coggins (1875 - 1951)*
  Leslie Ryman Barton (1877 - 1928)*
  Georgia Ryman Jackson (1879 - 1962)*
  Louise Ryman Buchanan (1881 - 1912)*
  Paul Milton Ryman (1886 - 1957)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Evening Blues
Record added: Oct 22, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8010205
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God bless you Captain Ryman for all your social, financial and spritual contributions. You have made a difference.
- Sherry McCormick
 Added: Jul. 10, 2010

- Cally ♥
 Added: Jun. 5, 2010

- Desiree Lynn
 Added: Nov. 3, 2009
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