Isaac Thomas LENOIR (1807-1875)
HOUSE, 25th General Assembly, 1843-45; representing Roane County; SENATE, 26th General Assembly, 1845-47; representing counties of Roane, Anderson, Campbell, and Morgan; Whig. Born in Wilkes County, N.C., May 16, 1807; son of William Ballard and Elizabeth (AVERY) LENOIR. Extent of schooling not described. Married Feb. 10, 1846, to Mary Caroline HOGG, daughter of Dr. Samuel and Mary (TALBOT) HOGG, of Lebanon, Wilson County; children--William Ballard and Samuel Hogg. Came with parents to Tennessee, 1810, and settled at what became Lenoir City, then in Roane but later in Loudon County; subject moved to Sweetwater Valley, Roane County, 1846, and became founder of town of Sweetwater. Occupation described as landowner and merchant; stockholder and a director in East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad; owner of coal and timber lands in Tennessee and North Carolina. Member county court. Mother and wife were Baptists and he gave land upon which Baptist Church of Sweetwater was built; member Free and Accepted Masons. Died at home in Sweetwater Valley Dec. 4, 1875; place of burial not indicated. Son of William Ballard LENOIR; son-in-law of Samuel HOGG, sometime member Tenn. General Assembly.
Sources: Lenoir, History of Sweetwater Vallley, 192-93, 195-97, 208, 369-71; Hickerson, Happy Valley, 212; Wells, History of Roane County, 235; Prepared Roster of 25th and of 26th General Assemblies.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.