Annie Davis (1875-1957), who became a state legislator in 1925, Knoxville’s first woman elected to public office. That fact in itself would be worth commemorating. However, she’s more broadly known as the Mother of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Born in Louisville, Ky., she was a Bryn Mawr alumna who came to Knoxville with her industrialist husband Willis Davis in 1916. She and Willis had been traveling to the new western national parks when she made the proposal that the Smokies should get similar treatment. Her resourceful husband advanced the idea, and during her time as a state representative she promoted important legislation to make it happen.