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Tennessee State Motto

Agriculture and Commerce Language:English
Translation:  Adoption:1987

State mottoes may be said to reflect the character and beliefs of the citizens of the state, or more accurately, the citizens of the state when they were adopted. State mottoes can help us gain insight into the history of a state. [What is a motto? ]

The Tennessee Code

The following information is excerpted from the Tennessee Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Part 3, Section 4-1-315.

Adoption of Agriculture and Commerce as the official state motto is a relatively recent occurance (1987). Prior to that act of the legislature, the motto was documented as an element of the Great Seal of the State of Tennessee. The following, excerpted from the Tennessee Code, describes the Great Seal of the State of Tennessee.

Additional Information

State Motto List: List of all of the state mottoes.

State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: A Study based on historical documents giving the origin and significance of the state names, nicknames, mottoes, seals, flowers, birds, songs, and descriptive comments on the capitol buildings and on some of the leading state histories, Revised Edition - George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938 (Reprint Services Corp. 1971)


Source: Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., (http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0), March 24, 2005
Source: Merriam-Webster Online, (http://www.m-w.com/), March 3, 2005
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
Source: State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: Revised Edition (Reprint)- George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938

 

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