|Scope & Content||
A 1955 newspaper article by Ed Huddleston in The Nashville Banner, the fourth in a 10-part series, about "The Saga of Montgomery Bell". Titled "Furnaces Offered For Sale After Hard Times Period," the article describes the growth of Bell's businesses, outlines the causes of the decline of the Tennessee economy in the late 1810's, and speculates on Bell's motivations for putting his furnaces up for sale on July 3, 1824. Memorable quotes include the beginning two paragraphs - "Montgomery Bell made money MOVE. It's been said, rightly or wrongly, that he brought more money into the state, and into circulation, than any other Tennessean of his day." The article also ends by calling Montgomery Bell "Tennessee's so-called 'mystery man'" and explaining that "Bell's strong hand still firmly clutched the vital core of his Kingdom of Iron, for 20 years more, and only death was to tear it from him..."
NOTE: The entire 12 part series may be found in RG 100 Box 6 #38.
|Title||Nashville Banner Article "Furnaces Offered for Sale After Hard Times Period"|
|Date||May 12, 1955|
|Lexicon category||8: Communication Artifact|
|Lexicon sub-category||Documentary Artifact|