Our History

spencerclackgravestoneThe Spencer Clack Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was organized May 23, 1928. The origin of our chapter goes back to 1927 when plans were formulated by Mrs. Helen (Mack) Maples to organize a DAR chapter in Sevierville, Tennessee. Mrs. Maples succeeded in bringing together the first twelve women to form our chapter. They all were direct descendants of Lt. Spencer Clack, the great-great-grandfather of Mrs. Maples. The chapter has recently evolved to include another chapter, the Great Smokies, making us a larger chapter with a wider variety of experience through those members.

Lieutenant Spencer Clack was a Revolutionary War soldier from the state of Virginia. After the war, he relocated and settled in what is now known as the city of Sevierville, in Sevier County, Tennessee. He played a prominent role in the history and development of Sevier County and the state of Tennessee. He served in the first constitutional convention of Tennessee. He also served in the lower house of the first Tennessee State General Assembly and served one term in the State Senate. He helped organize and was very active in the first Baptist church to be established in Sevierville and he gave the land for the first cemetery in the town. He and other prominent citizens of pioneer Sevierville were buried in that cemetery. Only a small portion of the cemetery remains today. It was established as Cemetery Park in 1976.

Spencer Clack died in Sevier County on July 9, 1832, at the age of 86 years.

The local Daughters of the American Revolution funded the construction of a plaque located on the grounds of the Sevier County Courthouse honoring Spencer Clack in 1931. It reads:

spencerclackplaque1740 – 1832
HON. LIEUT. SPENCER CLACK

PIONEER SETTLER OF SEVIER CO.
NAMED SEVIER CO. FOR HIS FRIEND
THE GREAT
JOHN SEVIER
MEMBER CONVENTION 1796

MEMBER LEGISLATURE 1801
SERVED UNDER GEN. WASHINGTON
IN REVOLUTIONARY WAR
ERECTED BY
THE SPENCER CLACK CHAPTER

DAUGHTERS OF
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

1931





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