The Great Seal of the State of Tennessee
is the official insignia of the U.S. state
An official Great Seal of Tennessee
is provided for the in the Constitution of the State of Tennessee
of February 6, 1796. However, design was not undertaken until 25 September 1801.
The Roman numerals
XVI, representing Tennessee
as the 16th state
to enter the United States
, is found at the top of the seal.
The images of a plow
, a bundle of wheat
, a cotton
plant, and the word "Agriculture" below the three images occupying the center of the seal. Wheat and cotton were and still are important cash crops
grown in the State.
The lower half of the seal was originally supposed to display a boat and a boatman with the word "Commerce" underneath, but was changed to a flat-bottomed-riverboat
without a boatman subsequently. River trade was important to the State due to three large rivers: the Tennessee River
, the Cumberland River
, and the Mississippi River
; the boat continues to represent the importance of commerce to the State.
Surrounding the images are the words "The Great Seal of the State of Tennessee", and "Feb. 6th, 1796". The day and month have been dropped from later designs.it all started in 1987.
In 1987, the Tennessee General Assembly
adopted a standardized version of the seal that updated its look and appearance. The seal is kept by the Secretary of State and the Governor for official use on State... Read More