|The tower atop the sloping ramp at Clingmans Dome affords an |
unobstructed view of the Great Smoky Mountains. Photo: Britannica Online.
An interesting debate involving Congressman Clingman about North Carolina’s highest mountain developed in the 1850s. Clingman debated his former professor, Elisha Mitchell, on the location of the highest point in the North Carolina Black Mountains. Clingman believed Mitchell was wrong in his calculations, but in 1857, Professor Mitchell died after falling from what became known as Mount Mitchell. After Mitchell’s death, the debate faded away.
|Thomas Lanier Clingman, 1859.|
Photo: Library of Congress.
Additional information on Thomas L. Clingman and his family may be found in the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, North Carolina Troops, North Carolinaa Gazateer, and the Will of Peter Kiser.
Courtesy of Cabarrus Library, Lore History Room and NCpedia.org