Former Tennessee Governor John C. Brown was in failing health in the summer of 1889. Brown, who was sixty-two, thought it best to travel to the tiny, but very popular, resort town in eastern Macon County called Red Boiling Springs. Brown hoped to employ the healing powers of the town’s renowned mineral waters to aid him in his recovery. Upon arriving in Red Boiling Springs, the ailing ex-Governor checked into a local hotel in high spirits. He was confident that he would soon be healthy again. However, on August 17, 1889, while still in Red Boiling Springs, Brown suffered a “stomach hemorrhage” and passed away. Brown is the only major political figure to die in Macon County, Tennessee. – Sources: National Governor’s Association; The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 7. New York: James T. White & Company, 2011 (reprint).

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