Jere Baxter, American lawyer, president Tennessee Central Railway.
Baxter, Jere was born on February 11, 1852 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Judge Nathaniel and Mary Louise (Jones) Baxter.
Studied law and became publisher the Legal Reporter, later bound in 9 vols.
After graduating from Montgomery Bell Academy, he studied law. Baxter went into legal publishing, issuing The Legal Reporter, the nine-volume bound compilation of which came to be commonly known as Baxter's Reports. Baxter founded the Tennessee Central Railroad and helped found the communities of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, and Sheffield, Alabama.
He served in the Tennessee State Senate, and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party nomination for governor of Tennessee in 1890. Baxter died on February 29, 1904. Baxter, Tennessee, is named for him.