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Catalog Number 2008.322
Object Name Newspaper
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"
Collection MBA Archives
Date May 12, 1955
People Bell, Montgomery
Huddleston, Ed
Carroll, William
McMinn, Joseph
Accession number 2008.322
Catalog date 2008-09-15
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Classification Schools
Search Terms School Founding
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Subjects History
Schools, Private
Iron mining