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TANNEHILL, Wilkins, journalist, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 4 March, 1787; died in Nashville, Tennessee, 2 June, 1858. His father, General John, served in the Continental army during the Revolution The son removed to Lexington, Kentucky, at an early age, and soon afterward to Nashville, Tennessee, where he became an editor of the "Whig," and also of the "Herald," the first Henry Clay organ in Tennessee. Subsequently he edited "The Orthopolitan," a new literary and independent paper, and in 1848-9 the "Portfolio, a journal of Freemasonry. He was forced to discontinue this, owing to the failure of his eyesight, and in later years became blind. He was the author of a " Freemason's Manual." containing a history of the progress of the order ; "Sketches of the History of Literature" (Nashville, 1827); and "Sketches of the History of Roman Literature" (1846).
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