Clarksville Connections

Clarksville Connections is an ongoing project to share the stories of historically significant people who have a Clarksville connection. We invite your input. Please email your information and ideas to michelle@visitclarksvilletn.com.

Literature and Journalism

Dorothy DixDorothy Dix

Author
1861-1951

Elizabeth Meriwether, more famously and internationally known as Dorothy Dix, a popular advice columnist, was born in 1861 near Clarksville. Having established herself as an exceptional voice among her peers at The Female Academy in Clarksville, Dix went on to pioneer the way for advice columns. She worked at The Picayune in New Orleans and for 17 years at the New York Journal.

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Caroline GordonCaroline Gordon

Author
1895-1981

On October 6, 1895, Caroline Gordon was born near the city of Clarksville at a farm called Merry Mont. After receiving a Bachelors degree in Greek at Bethany College in 1916, she worked as a teacher at Clarksville High School and then as a reporter for the Chattanooga News. Caroline published her first novel in 1931 and continued writing until she retired in 1979.

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Evelyn ScottEvelyn Scott

Novelist
1893-1963

Evelyn Scott was born Elsie Dunn in Clarksville, TN in 1893. This would by no means tie the often-overlooked author to the traditional beliefs and values of typical Southerners of her time. Well-learned through self-teachings and private tutors and with access to many resources, she was greatly inspired by philosophers and scholars such as Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Bergson, and Marx. As a youth, she held very controversial beliefs. She had interest in writing, and used her writings to advocate fair treatment for blacks, poor people, and women.

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Allen TateAllen Tate

Poet
1899-1979

Renowned poet Allen Tate was born in Winchester, Kentucky in 1899. At Vanderbilt University, he met and befriended roommate Robert Penn Warren, as well as a number of other fellow members of The Fugitives, a literary group that met weekly to discuss poetry and the defense of Southern literature. Tate lived in Clarksville from 1930-38 with his wife Author Caroline Gordon.

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Robert Penn WarrenRobert Penn Warren

U.S. Poet Laureate
1905-1989

Born in Guthrie, Kentucky and the nation’s first officially titled Poet Laureate in 1986, Robert Penn Warren was an accomplished writer, the only one to receive a Pulitzer Prize in both poetry and fiction among numerous achievements. But many years before that, Warren came to Clarksville in 1920 with one goal in mind: to join the Naval Academy. 

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Athletics

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Business

Inventors, pioneers, revolutionaries. Read about some of our noteworthy contributions to the field of business.

Celebrities

Being the home of Fort Campbell Army Post (Air Assault) gives Clarksville connections to a host of celebrities in the...

Government

A Revolutionary War hero, governors, and top federal officials who redefined education and the postal service are a few...

Medicine & Science

Contributions from Clarksvillians forever field of medicine. The first female African American dentist in the United...

Performing & Visual Arts

Clarksville's most famous native actor, Frank Sutton from "Gomer Pyle: USMC", stands memorialized in bronze along...