Below you’ll find a list of some of Smith County’s most famous residents.  Please let us know if there are others we should add.


Cordell Hull (October 2, 1871 – July 23, 1955) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Tennessee. He is best known as the longest-serving Secretary of State, holding the position for 11 years (1933–1944) in the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during much of World War II. Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in establishing the United Nations, and was referred to by President Roosevelt as the “Father of the United Nations.”

DeFord Bailey DeFord Bailey was an American country music star from the 1920s until 1941. Bailey was both the first performer to be introduced as playing on the Grand Ole Opry and also the first African-American performer on the show. 

Albert Gore, Sr. Born December 26, 1907 in Granville, TN. Died December 5, 1998. Tennessee State Representative and Senator, served in the Democratic senate from 1953-1971.

Albert Gore,Jr.  Albert Arnold “Al” Gore, Jr. served as the 45th Vice President of the United States, under President Bill Clinton. He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President and lost the 2000 U.S. presidential election despite winning the popular vote.

Jesse “Uncle Jimmy” Thompson Born 1848, in Smith County, TN. Died February 17, 1941. Fiddle player, best remembered as being the first performer on the Grand Ole Opry in 1925.