Henry Hoss


Henry Hoss, served from 1828-1836

Henry Hoss grew up on his father’s farm on the Watauga River near Boone’s Creek, six miles north of Jonesborough, Tenn.  He attended Washington College and married Mary Blackburn, possibly a daughter of Dr. Gideon Blackburn, one of Greeneville College’s Trustees.  During his early married years, he farmed on the family homestead and later established Liberty Hall Academy on his farm and operated it for six years.  He had five sons and four daughters. Henry’s son Alfred was named President of Greeneville College in 1836. Under Hoss’s leadership, the Trustees adopted a system of manual labor to support the College.  He died on August 29, 1836 in Brownsborough, Tenn.