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Today in Johnson City History: December 29

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Dec. 29, 1892: The Comet reported that petitions were circulating in Johnson City toward the appointment of former Tennessee Gov. Robert Love Taylor to succeed William B. Bate in the U.S. Senate in 1893. Bates ultimately kept his seat, but Taylor returned to the governor’s office in 1897. The Legislature appointed Taylor to the Senate in 1907. He died in 1912 before completing his term.

Dec. 29, 1910: The Comet reported that 81-year-old Rev. Thomas P. Summers had died at his son’s home on Watauga Avenue on Christmas Day. He had been ill for some months with dropsy (edema).

Dec. 29, 1913: According to Johnson City court documents, a Mr. Jones was fined $10 for gaming. He paid the fine the same day.

Sourced: The Comet, Johnson City Court Documents.

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