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 Austin Peay IV

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Austin Peay IV

Birth
Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, USA
Death 2 Oct 1927 (aged 51)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Sec. 11
Memorial ID 6009365 View Source
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Governor of Tennessee, 1923 to 1927. Governor Peay streamlined state government agencies, instituted a substantial road building program and overhauled public education. He also strongly supported the establishment of the Smoky Mountains National Park. In 1925 he signed into law House Bill No. 185 outlawing the "teaching of the Evolution Theory in all the Universities, Normals and all other public schools of Tennessee, which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the State, and to provide penalties for the violations thereof." This law was put to the test in the celebrated "monkey" trial of high school biology teacher John T. Scopes in July, 1925. Peay became the first governor of the state to die in office when he succumbed to a brain hemorrhage at the Governor's Residence on October 2, 1927.

Bio by: Don Connelly


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  • Originally Created by: Don Connelly
  • Added: 2 Dec 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6009365
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6009365/austin-peay : accessed ), memorial page for Austin Peay IV (1 Jun 1876–2 Oct 1927), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6009365, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .