Tennessee celebrates 225 years

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TENNESSEE (WATE) — Tennessee is celebrating a big milestone: 225 years ago this month, back in 1796, William Blount and 54 other founders signed a new constitution here in the territorial capital of Knoxville.

Four months later on June 1, Tennessee earned its statehood status; this journey to statehood included dangerous expeditions and contentious political rivalries.

Tennessee become the first southwest territory to apply for statehood, and the 16th state of the Union.

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