Photo - Cumberland Gap Tunnel, U.S. Highway 25E
Claiborne County, Tennessee was created in 1801 from Grainger and Hawkins Counties and named in honor of William C. C. Claiborne (1775 - 1817), U.S. Congressman and Senator, and Governor of the Mississippi Territory and Louisiana. Claiborne County is home of Lincoln Memorial University, a co-educational liberal arts college, nationally known for its large collection of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War era memorabilia. Cumberland Gap, a mountain pass which played a critical role in the western migration and settlement of the United States, is the junction point for the states of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.
Claiborne County has a population of 32,171 and a total area of 442 square miles.