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William A. Hensley family papers

Identifier: RG-0000-0136

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents reflecting the academic, business, political, and personal aspects of William A. Hensley's (1883-1951) life. Documents include teaching contracts, pharmacy permits, newspaper clippings regarding his business and political life and aspirations, a speech on the failure of a Tennessee Senate bill for the funding of a technical school, a commission certificate to serve on the staffs of Tennessee's Governors Peay and Horton, correspondence, travel notes, a speech on temperance by his wife Nevada E. Hensley, photographs, and family ephemera. This collection contains the alleged copy "of the speech Hensley made to the Senate when his bill for TTU was vetoed by the governor" according to Catherine Walker Compton who wrote a note regarding the speech's content. Hensley's plea was included in Austin Wheeler Smith's Story of Tennessee Tech (pg 42-44). The letter, from H.T. Whitson, son of Jere Whitson, declares that the citizens are interested in T.P.I.'s future and suggest the General Assembly select steering committee for T.P.I.'s interest, with H. T. Whitson as a chair.


  • 1902-07-01 - 1997-05-25

Biographical / Historical

William A. Hensley (1883-1951) served as a Colonel on the staff of Governors Peay and Horton (terms 1923-1933), as Cookeville's mayor for three terms (1924 -1927), and served two terms in the Tennessee State Senate representing the 10th District (1927-1929). Hensley was married to Nevada E. Mayberry.


.3 Cubic Feet (1 box) : 3 oversize folders in map case 2, drawer 16 ; 1 - 15.5 x 2.5 x 10.25

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William A. Hensley family papers
Dewar, Jennifer
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Repository Details

Part of the Tennessee Tech University Special Collections Repository

1100 North Peachtree Avenue
PO Box 5066
Cookeville Tennessee 38505 United States