city, seat (1796) of Montgomery county, northern Tennessee, U.S. It lies near the Kentucky state line, at the confluence of the Cumberland and Red rivers, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of Nashville. Founded in 1784 by Colonel John Montgomery, a settler from North Carolina, it was named for General George Rogers Clark, the American Revolutionary War soldier and frontiersman. The settlement was a frequent target of attack by local Native American bands. Valentine Sevier, brother of Tennessee's first governor, lost several family members to such attacks; the stone block house he built in 1792 still stands. The city developed in the 19th century as a river depot for tobacco.
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