Henry Stuart Foote
(1804-1880) Born in Fauquier County, Va., February 28, 1804. U.S. Senator from
Mississippi, 1847-52; Governor of Mississippi,
1852-54; Representative from
Tennessee in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65. Fought four duels; left Alabama in 1830 to escape
prosecution for dueling. Exchanged blows with Thomas Hart Benton
on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Expelled from the Confederate
Congress in early 1865 for going North on an unauthorized peace mission. Died
in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., May 19, 1880. Interment
at Mt. Olivet Cemetery,
Nashville, Tenn. See also: congressional biography.
Charles Clark (1810-1877)
Born February 19, 1810. Democrat.
Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1860; general in
the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Governor of Mississippi,
1863-65. Physically removed from office by U.S.
troops, and imprisoned at Fort
Ga. Died in Bolivar County, Miss., December 18, 1877. Interment
at a private or family
John Jones Pettus (1813-1867) Brother of Edmund Winston Pettus. Born October 9, 1813. Governor of Mississippi,
1854, 1859-63. After the Civil War, amnesty was refused to him, and he became
a fugitive; the manhunt continued until his death in Pulaski County, Ark., in early 1867. Original
interment in private or family graveyard; reinterment
at Flat Bayou Burial Ground,
Near Wabbaseka, Jefferson County, Ark.
Benjamin Grubb Humphreys
(1808-1882) Father of Benjamin Grubb Humphreys
(1865-1923). Born in Claiborne County,
Miss., August 26, 1808. Member of Mississippi state
legislature, 1837; member of Mississippi state senate,
1839; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Governor of Mississippi,
1865-68. Physically ejected from the governor's office by an armed
force under the orders of the U.S.
military commander of Mississippi.
Died in Leflore County, Miss., December 20, 1882. Interment
at Greenwood Cemetery,
Port Gibson, Miss. Humphreys County, Miss. is named for
Lee Maurice Russell
(1875-1943) Born in Dallas, Lafayette County,
Miss., November 16, 1875. Governor of Mississippi,
1920-24. Charged by a former stenographer with breach of promise and
seduction; tried in federal court, where a jury found in his favor.
Died May 16, 1943. Interment
at Lakewood Memorial Park,
Theodore Gilmore Bilbo
(1877-1947) -- also known as Theodore G. Bilbo -- of Jackson, Hinds County,
Miss.; Poplarville, Pearl River County,
Miss. Born near Poplarville, Pearl River County,
Miss., October 13, 1877. Democrat.
Member of Mississippi state senate,
1908-12; Lieutenant Governor of
Mississippi, 1912-16; Governor of Mississippi,
1916-20, 1928-32; delegate to Democratic National Convention from
Mississippi, 1928, 1940; U.S. Senator from
Mississippi, 1935-47; died in office 1947. Baptist. Member, Freemasons.
Author of the book Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization,
which advocated deportation of all American blacks to Africa.
In 1947, the Senate refused to seat him, and started an investigation
of his 1946 re-election campaign. Died, of mouth cancer, in
a hospital at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., August 21, 1947. Interment
at Juniper Grove Cemetery,
Near Poplarville, Pearl River County,
Miss. See also: congressional biography.