Pulaski is a city in Giles County, Tennessee. The population was 7,870 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Giles County. It was named to honor the Polish-born American Revolutionary War hero Kazimierz Pułaski. Pulaski is most well known for being the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan. It is also home of the semi-annual Diana Singing, sponsored by the Churches of Christ, which attracts over 3,000 people to the town in June and September.
Pulaski was founded in 1809. The vicinity of Pulaski was the site of a number of skirmishes during the Franklin–Nashville Campaign of the Civil War. In 1863, Confederate Sam Davis was hanged in Pulaski by the Union Army for espionage.
In 1865, during the early days of the Reconstruction Era, the city became the birthplace of the first Ku Klux Klan, founded by six Tennessee veterans of the Confederate Army. John C. Lester, John B. Kennedy, James R. Crowe, Frank O. McCord, Richard R. Reed, and J. Calvin Jones established the KKK in Pulaski on December 25, 1865. As a protest against the KKK, the original plaque which commemorates its foundation is placed upside down.
Martin Methodist College was founded in Pulaski in 1870.
Walter Beech (Founder of Beechcraft) was born in Pulaski in 1891.