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Mar 13, 1925 Austin Peay, Democratic Governor of Tennessee signed the legislation (the Butler Act) which prohibiting the teaching of evolution in Tennessee’s public school system.  (He was a strong advocate of public education.)  The legislation was challenged in the infamous “Scopes Monkey Trial” in July of that year.

Peay, originally a native of Kentucky, was electred governor of Tennessee in 1922, defeating Taylor, a Republican.  Peay’s popularity was not hurt by the trial of John Scopes, as he was re-elected a third time in 1926, after the trial that pited William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow.  Bryan won.

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