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Burgin E. Dossett
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Burgin E. Dossett

Burgin Dossett

Burgin E. Dossett was born February 02, 1897, in Campbell Co, TN and died March 13, 1993, Jonesboro, Washington Co, TN, the oldest City in Tennessee. He was son of Thomas David Dossett and Mary Telitha Hunter. He married Nell Elizabeth Jennings. He died at North side Hospital in Johnson City, Washington Co, TN and is buried in Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City, Washington Co, TN


Clinton Courier
March 17,1993

Burgin E. Dossett Sr., age 96, East Tennessee State University president-emeritus, died at North side Hospital in Johnson City, after a brief illness. Mr. Dossett was born in Campbell County on Feb. 2,1898, to the late Thomas David and Mary Talitha Hunter Dossett. He was educated in Campbell County schools, received and A. B. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1922 and the M. A. degree in 1924 from Harvard University. He received two honorary LLD degrees from Bob Jones University and King College. His career in education and public service spanned over 50 years, serving in virtually every level of education from teacher at a one-room school to holding state posts. He was Tennessee commissioner of education and chairman of the Tennessee Board of Education in 1945-49 and in 1947 framed the General Education Bill, which reorganized the state's educational system, setting a pattern followed by other states. During his presidency at ETSU, the school was transformed from a teacher's college into a fully accredited university. He was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. Mr. Dossett had relatives and friends in Anderson and Campbell counties. He is survived by three daughters, and a son, and several grandchildren. Services were held today, Wednesday, at Munsey Memorial with Dr. Paul Brown officiating. Burial was in Monte Vista Burial Park.

Article contributed originally by Joyce Watson Dawson

Dossett Joined the Air Corps as "Buck Private"

Record of Candidate For Governor Is Discussed by East Tennessee Writer

Morristown, Tenn. Feb 20----"Buck Private" Burgin E. Dossett will "Make a great Governor of Tennessee," said the Morristown Sun in a special article by T. H. Campbell.

The article was, in full, as follow:
The expected has happened. Burgin E. Dossett of Campbell County has announced himself a candidate for Governor, subject of the will of the Democratic party.

A graduate of University of Tennessee, with an A. B. degree, and a Master's degree from Harvard, no one questions Dossett's ability from an educational standpoint. Hence, with that question settled, one wonders what other qualifications he possesses.

Well, he was born on a farm and did the chores of a farm boy until he entered college. He worked in the coal mines and is familiar with the work of a coal miner. He has drawn the line over a mule's back and juiced the milk from a Jersey. He knows the feel of the corn husk with frost upon it, and last, but not least, he knows the feel of a backwoodsman entering some of the fields that are placed figuratively beyond his reach.

It is everlastingly to the credit of Dossett that he took the fences with a hurdle. He recognized no barriers and does not now recognize barriers. To him a man in overalls or broadcloth is still a man. He recognizes the rights of American citizen whenever and wherever questioned.

In his announcement he sticks closely to Democratic principles, stating that he favors majority rule. He favors ridge enforcement of all laws now upon the statute books of the state, believing that all good laws will stand and that bad laws should be enforced until repealed. He favors keeping the state expenditures within the state's revenues.

A member of the Masonic order, the Junior Order of American Mechanics, a Christian gentleman, the father of four children, head of schools in Campbell County, and well known from Shelby to Sullivan, popular with teachers, with miners, with laborers and with heads of business, it goes without saying that Dossett starts with a good following.

He managed the campaign of McAllster in the primary of two years ago and did a handsome job. W. King with Peg Bell, he managed the Democratic campaign for the November election and piloted the horses to a handsome finish.

He will no doubt have the support of the United States Senators and the Governor in the coming campaign. He is vise-president of the Young Democratic Club of East Tennessee and stands ace high with all young Democrats.

Dossett enlisted in the U. S. army in January, 1918, as a private. He served as a balloon sergeant and was discharged as flying cadet and later commissioned second lieutenant. He now holds a commission in air service reserves.

No opponent will be able to fling mud at Dossett that will stick. He wears his own collar, forms his own opinions and possesses the nerve to express them on any and all occasions.

"He will make a great Governor."



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