Mississippi’s Governors

 

 

 

Mississippi Territorial Governor

Dates Served

Winthrop Sargent

1798-1801

William Charles Cole Claiborne

1802-1803

Robert Williams

1805-1809

David Holmes

1809-1817

Mississippi Governor

Dates Served

David Holmes

1817-1820

George Poindexter

1820-1822

Walter Leake

1822-1825 – Died in Office

Gerard Chittoque Brandon

1825-1826

David Holmes

1826 – Resigned Due to Health

Gerard Chittoque Brandon

1826-1832

Abram Marshall Scott

1832-1833

Charles Lynch

1833

Hiram G. Runnels

1833-1835

John A. Quitman

1835-1836

Charles Lynch

1836-1838

Alexander Gallatin McNutt

1838-1842

Tilghman Mayfield Tucker

1842-1844

Albert Gallatin Brown

1844-1848

Joseph W. Matthews

1848-1850

John A. Quitman

1850-1851

John Isaac Guion

1851

James Whitfield

1851-1852

Henry Stuart Foote

1852-1854

John Jones Pettus

1854

John Jones McRae

1854-1857

William McWillie

1857-1859

John Jones Pettus

1859-1863

Charles Clark

1863-1865

William Lewis Sharkey

1865

Benjamin Grubb Humphreys

1865-1868

Adelbert Ames

1868-1870

James Lusk Alcorn

1870-1871

Ridgley Ceylon Powers

1871-1874

Adelbert Ames

1874-1876

John Marshall Stone

1876-1882

Robert Lowry

1882-1890

John Marshall Stone

1890-1896

Anselm Joseph McLaurin

1896-1900

Andrew Houston Longino

1900-1904

James K. Vardaman

1904-1908

Edmund Favor Noel

1908-1912

Earl LeRoy Brewer

1912-1916

Theodore Gilmore Bilbo

1916-1920

Lee Maurice Russell

1920-1924

Henry Lewis Whitfield

1924-1927 – Died in Office

H. Dennis Murphree

1927-1928

Theodore Gilmore Bilbo

1928-1932

Martin Sennett Conner

1932-1936

Hugh Lawson White

1936-1940

Paul B. Johnson

1940-1943 – Died in Office

H. Dennis Murphree

1943-1944

Thomas Lowry Bailey

1944-1946 – Died in Office

Fielding L. Wright

1946-1952

Hugh Lawson White

1952-1956

James Plemon Coleman

1956-1960

Ross Robert Barrett

1960-1964

Paul Burney Johnson, Jr.

1964-1968

John Bell Williams

1968-1972

William Lowe Waller

1972-1976

Cliff Finch

1976-1980

William Forrest Winter

1980-1984

William A. “Bill” Allain

1984-1988

Raymond Edwin “Ray” Mabus, Jr.

1988-1992

Kirk Fordice

1992-2000

Ronnie Musgrove

2000-2004

Haley Barbour

2004-PRESENT

 

 

TROUBLED GOVERNORS

 

 

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 Pulaski, Savannah, Ga. Died in Bolivar County, Miss., December 18, 1877. Interment at a private or family graveyard, Bolivar County, Miss.

 

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 him.

 

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, Jackson, Miss.

 

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.