From the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
(1876-1927) A successful and progressive Tennessee governor during the 1920s. Although he was just governor for a little more than 4 years, his impact on the state was more than most of its chief executives. He completely reorganized the state government, improved the tax system, reformed education, expanded and improved the state's road system, established the first state park and assured the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He also worked with agriculture and improving rural life.
On one of our road trips, we drove through Clarksville, Tennessee, and came upon Austin Peay State University. I had heard of then in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, but had no idea where it was.
Now, I know why it was so-named.