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It was officially established in 1740, and was named after the county of Cornwall in England.
Today, Cornwall is known for its boutique charm, wealth, quaint atmosphere, luxurious mansions, and forests.
People Born in Cornwall
Cornwall in People's Lives
John Ridge: I moved here in 1819, at the age of 17, having been sent to attend a mission school here by my father, the Cherokee chief Major Ridge. Intelligent and studious, I was an excellent student, and was the top of my class. This led to me being selected to write an essay to be read aloud to President James Monroe, and I met Jedidiah Morse, who would be the one to present my writing. While studying at this school, I met and fell in love with a young lady named Sarah, who was the daughter of the school's steward. After two years of courtship, I convinced Sarah's parents to allow us to get married, which we did in January 1824. Though the general attitude toward Native Americans was progressive and hospitable in this town, which had many of us attending the missions school, they at once turned hostile and were outraged that an indian man had married a white woman. Before, I had had starry visions of a future in white Native Americans and whites coexisted peacefully, as I myself had never been subject to the harsh injustices and racism that so many others of my tribes had. Now, however, I felt that I saw the white men differently, and this greatly affected and saddened me. I moved in the same year back to my Cherokee hometown of Calhoun with Sarah.