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George M. Trotter Papers

Identifier: MSC 1027

Scope and Contents

The George M. Trotter Papers consist primarily of election and campaign related material produced by both George Trotter and the Knox County Republican Party. Other personal items include a marriage certificate, taxes, receipts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, accounts, invitations, membership cards, programs, and publications. The marriage certificate certifies the marriage of Charles Harrison Smith and Margaret Shipe. Programs include 1913 Knoxville High School Commencement and the 1898 University of Tennessee commencement. Betting cards reveal how Knoxvillians bet on horse races in the early 20th century. Correspondence to and from George M. Trotter is either political or professional in nature. The newspaper clippings cover Trotter’s political career and election results as well as other family news, but other stories deemed significant by the Trotter family, including President Nixon’s resignation in 1974 are available. Political historians will note a large collection of Knox County Republican Party correspondence, election information, mailers, and sample ballots. Material for George Trotter’s various campaigns for tax assessor and judge. The collection also contains a vast collection of newspaper clippings, primarily related to Trotter’s political career and aspirations. Three maps, two, approximately 1910, county map of Tennessee showing population and election results, and a 1933 map of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Environs, published by Hope Brothers Jewelers, were removed to the map collection.


  • 1873 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1908 - 1934

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

George Mack Trotter was born on July 4, 1877, in Sevier County, Tennessee, to Randall H. Trotter and Sarah Bird Trotter. He attended Murphy College in Sevierville and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1898 with a bachelor of laws. He began practicing law shortly thereafter in Knoxville. He married Donna Meek on November 27, 1897, and the pair had four children, Joseph M. Trotter, Barsha Trotter Stewart, George M. Trotter, Jr., and Margaret Trotter Carringer. In 1908, he was elected Knox County tax assessor, a position he held until 1916, when he was elected as county judge. Trotter held the judgeship until Sam Houston defeated him in 1926. In 1933, he joined Dixie Oil Company, where he retired as president in 1945. He unsuccessfully ran for his judgeship in 1934, losing once again to Judge Houston. Trotter died on July 12, 1955, and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.


2 boxes

1 oversize folder

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Trotter Family Collection (MSC 0969) Trotter Family Bibles (FB 0118) John N. Trotter Civil War diaries (MM.1978.004)

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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