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William Rule Papers.

Identifier: MSC 0008

Scope and Contents

Papers of William Rule(1839-1928), a newspaper editor, mayor of Knoxville (1873, 1898), and postmaster (1873, 1877) in Knoxville, Tenn. Born in Knox County, Tenn. Married Lucy Anne Maxey in 1858. Worked with William G. Brownlow on Knoxville Whig. Served in Sixth Tennessee Volunteer Regiment, Union Army, 1862-1865. Published Republican newspaper, the Knoxville Chronicle. Founded the Knoxville Journal in 1885, which merged with the Tribune in 1888 to become the Journal and Tribune. Rule was editor from 1885 to 1928. He was a member of the Republican National Committee, 1876-1884; a trustee of the University of Tennessee; served on the board of Lawson McGhee Library; edited (Rule’s) Standard History of Knoxville; U.S. Pension Agent in 1906. Papers include: letters; drafts of newspaper articles and speeches by Rule; scrapbooks of clippings on Tennesseans; clippings on the Rule-Wicks dueling controversy; broadside and pamphlets, including the rare Official Report of the Debates and Proceedings of the Southern Commercial Convention, August 10, 1857; Rule’s diaries written while in the Union Army, 1863-1865. For a list of selected correspondents, see A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection by Linda Posey (1974).


  • 1860-1927

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


6 boxes


Included in Linda Posey thesis of McClung Collection Manuscript holdings and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States