Historian Tyler Boyd To Speak On Old-Time Politics In Polk County

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Tyler Boyd's New Book
Tyler Boyd's New Book

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 12 p.m. (and virtually)

Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, Tn. 37902

For almost two decades, Polk County Sheriff Burch E. Biggs reigned supreme in Tennessee's southeasternmost county. His political machine was built upon three pillars?election fraud, police brutality, and graft?and while it is true that Biggs was not the first (or last) American sheriff to permit “fee-grabbing”, take kickbacks, or stuff the ballot box, the duration and brutality of his tenure makes him exceptional. He was finally deposed in 1948 when a bipartisan political party, known as "The Good Government League," defeated him in the violent election of August 5, 1948. Tyler L. Boyd tells the untold story that is, in many ways, a sequel to the infamous Battle of Athens.

For more information on this talk and to register, visit https://www.easttnhistory.org/event/the-biggs-machine-politics-in-polk-county-tennessee/.

Brown Bag Lectures are made possible through the generous support of the Albers Family Foundation in loving memory of Harriet Z. and Edward S. “Bud” Albers, Jr.

About Tyler Boyd
Tyler L. Boyd is an author, historian, and educator from Athens, Tn. He serves as president of the McMinn Co. Historical Society, secretary of the McMinn Co. Library Board, Programs Committee member at the McMinn Co. Living Heritage Museum, and a member of the Athens Historic Preservation Commission. His first book, Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn, won several awards, including the East Tennessee Historical Society's Award of Distinction. His second book, Nellie Kenyon: Trailblazing Tennessee Journalist, won the Project Excellence Award from the East Tennessee Historical Society.

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