Pellissippi State: ‘From Philadelphia to Knoxville: Tennessee’s Role in the Constitutional Experiment’

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William Blount. Not everyone has a town and a county named after them, but William Blount’s credentials are indeed worthy of the honor: Signer of the U.S. Constitution. Governor of the Southwest Territory, later known as the state of Tennessee. One of the state’s first two U.S. senators. Chair of the 1796 convention that framed the first state constitution of Tennessee.

First and only member of the U.S. House of Representatives to be impeached. (Well, not all of his credentials are worthy of honor.)

Ian Hennessey, a Knoxville attorney and member of the Blount Mansion Board of Directors, discusses William Blount’s political adventures and his achievements in a free lecture at Pellissippi State Community College Monday, Sept. 17. The event is noon-12:50, and the public is invited to attend.

In “From Philadelphia to Knoxville: Tennessee’s Role in the Constitutional Experiment,” Hennessey uses Blount to put a human face on Tennessee’s road to statehood.

The speaker is an attorney with London & Amburn, P.C. A native of Cincinnati, Hennessey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in 2004 and earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007.

The lecture, which is in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, is part of the college’s recognition of Constitution Day. The event coincides with Pellissippi State’s first-ever Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17.

Other activities during Civic Engagement Week:

  • Voter registration at each of the five campuses
  • A presentation by State Rep. Joe Armstrong on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, also Sept. 17, 10:45-11:45 a.m., in the Community Room on the Magnolia Avenue Campus

Four entities have teamed up to support civic engagement at Pellissippi State: the Service-Learning Program, the student service-learning club Gnosis, the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, and the Student Life and Recreation Office.

For more information, call Pellissippi State at (865) 649-6400 or email Annie Gray ( or Ann Kronk (

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or