Samuel Brunswick Lowe

Samuel Brunswick Lowe - later in life

Samuel Brunswick Lowe - later in life


Elsie Elida Tucker Lowe - wife

Elsie Elida Tucker Lowe - wife

The removal of the Cherokee Indians from this area in 1838 brought many lard speculators to Georgia, The efforts to bring industry to the Southern states in the 1850’s and the discovery of iron and coal in Dade County only spurred the movement,

One of those attracted was S. B. (Samuel Brunswick) Lowe who was born in Bethel, Conn., in 1828, the son of an immigrant Presbyterian/Congregational minister. In 185O he was a young farmer in Conklin, N. Y. After learning the iron business in St, Louis, MO. and in New Orleans, LA, he opened one of the first roiling mills in the South in Chattanooga. In an effort to control his supply of iron he reached out into the Johnson’s Crook area of Dade County, acquiring over -Forty—five hundred acres of mineral land.

In 1862, Lowe, doing business as Vulcan Works entered into a contract with the Confederate States of America to provide ‘”Merchant bars, gunboat plating and railroad irons.” There where to be two blast -furnaces in Dade County to produce pig metal” as raw material for Vulcan Works, the Chattanooga rolling mill.

The advancing Union army closed both of Lowe’s operations. Robert Sparks Walker reports in his book Lookout, The Story of a Mountain,. that in September 1863 “Near Johnson ‘s Crock, the Union soldiers captured the Empire Iron Works and Macon Iron not so far away. “There is no mention of Lowe, Vulcan, or the other Iron works in Dade County

Reopened in Chattanooga after the war, Col S. B., Lowe sold his interest in Vulcan in 187O and opened Lowe Metallic Paint Co., later known as Chattanooga Paint Company, to manufacture paint pigments, The ore iron oxide, mined in the Rising Fawn area of Dade County, was one of the principle ingredients. Although Lowe died 189O, this plant continued to operate until 1943.


  1. David Paul Davenport

    I’m preparing a book that references Samuel Lowe. This Dade County History website has the only information available “anywhere” about him. Thanks for posting so much about him. Are his personal and business papers in the Dade County Library?

  2. verenicehawkins

    In April a tornado hit Trenton and did damage to the library. They are also remodeling and at this time it is hard to find things there. Have you tried the Chattanooga Library? He is mentioned in a book The Chattanooga Country 1540-1976 by Govan and Livingood. I am glad you can use this. Our book about Dade has now been published.




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