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Clingman, Thomas Lanier 1812-1897 Legislator; born in Huntsville, N. C., July 27, 1812; graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1832; settled in Asheville, N. C.; United States Senator from 1858 till 1861, when he resigned, with other members from the Southern States. He joined the Confederate army, and was made a brigadier-general in May, 1862. In 1855 he located the highest point of the Black Mountain, which has since been known as Clingman's Peak ; and he also discovered the highest point of the Smoky Mountain in 1858, now known as Clingman's dome. He died in Morgantown, N. C., Nov. 3, 1897.