Surely no other Knoxville mayor faced challenges equal to those of Mayor James C. Luttrell. His political skills and ability as a diplomat enabled him to serve as mayor through both the Confederate and the Union occupations of the city during the Civil War.
James Churchwell Luttrell Jr. was born in Knox County on March 3, 1813. He was the son of James C. Luttrell and the former Martha Armstrong, daughter of Robert Armstrong. It was Martha’s brother and nephew who built two of the Three Sisters Mansions still standing on Kingston Pike.