Established 1819; named in honor of ISAAC SHELBY who, along with Andrew Jackson, as appointed United States Commissioner; together they arranged the purchase of the Western District from the Chickasaw Indian Nation in 1818.
Founded 1819, by Andrew Jackson, John Overton and James Winchester; the latter named it. Incorporated, 1826, population less than 500 & area less than 1 sq. mi. It has since its original foundation absorbed seven other towns, is now the state's largest city, one of the country's largest inland ports and the world's largest cotton market.