in chronological order
Henry Stuart Foote (1804-1880) —
also known as "Hangman Foote" —
Born in Fauquier
County, Va., February
Senator from Mississippi, 1847-52; Governor of
Mississippi, 1852-54; Representative
from Tennessee in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65.
Fought four duels;
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
Died in Nashville, Davidson
County, Tenn., May 20,
1880 (age 76 years, 82
Interment at Mt.
Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.
William McKendree Gwin (1805-1885) —
also known as W. M. Gwin —
of Mississippi; San
Born near Gallatin, Sumner
County, Tenn., October
Representative from Mississippi at-large, 1841-43; went
to California for the 1849 Gold Rush; delegate
to California state constitutional convention, 1849; U.S.
Senator from California, 1850-55, 1857-61.
Engaged in a duel
W. McCorkle, June 1, 1853; there were no injuries; twice arrested
for alleged disloyalty
during the Civil War.
Died in New York, New York
County, N.Y., September
3, 1885 (age 79 years, 329
Entombed at Mountain
View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
Jefferson Finis Davis (1808-1889) —
also known as Jefferson Davis —
of Warrenton, Warren
County, Miss.; Warren
Born in a log
cabin, Fairview, Christian County (now Todd
County), Ky., June 3,
Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Black Hawk War;
candidate for Mississippi
state house of representatives, 1843; Presidential Elector for
Representative from Mississippi at-large, 1845-46; served in the
U.S. Army during the Mexican War; U.S.
Senator from Mississippi, 1847-51, 1857-61; candidate for Governor of
Mississippi, 1851; U.S.
Secretary of War, 1853-57; President
of the Confederacy, 1861-65.
forces in May 1865 and imprisoned
without trial for about two years.
Died of bronchitis
in New Orleans, Orleans
Parish, La., December
6, 1889 (age 81 years, 186
Original interment at Metairie
Cemetery, New Orleans, La.; reinterment in 1893 at Hollywood
Cemetery, Richmond, Va.; memorial monument at Memorial Avenue, Richmond, Va.
of Samuel Emory Davis and Jane (Cook) Davis; married, June 17,
1835, to Sarah Knox Taylor (1814-1835; daughter of Zachary
Taylor); married, February
25, 1845, to Varina Howell (1826-1906; granddaughter of Richard
Howell (1754-1802)); uncle of Mary Bradford (who married Richard
Brodhead); granduncle of Jefferson
Davis Brodhead and Frances Eileen Hutt (who married Thomas
| || || Political families: Brodhead-Taylor
family of Easton, Pennsylvania; Davis-Howell-Morgan-Agnew
family of New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana (subsets of the
Thousand Related Politicians).|
| || ||Cross-reference: Jesse
D. Bright — John
H. Reagan — Horace
Greeley — Solomon
Cohen — George
W. Jones — Samuel
A. Roberts — William
T. Sutherlin — Victor
Vifquain — Charles
| || ||Jeff Davis
County, Ga., Jefferson Davis
Parish, La., Jefferson Davis
County, Miss. and Jeff Davis
County, Tex. are named for him.|
| || ||Other politicians named for him: J.
| || ||Coins and currency: His portrait
appeared on Confederate States 50 cent notes in 1861-64.
| || ||See also congressional
biography — Govtrack.us
page — Wikipedia
article — NNDB
dossier — Find-A-Grave
| || ||Books by Jefferson Davis: The
Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government
| || ||Books about Jefferson Davis: William J.
Cooper, Jr., Jefferson
Davis, American : A Biography — Varina Davis, Jefferson
Davis : Ex-President of the Confederate States of America : A Memoir
by His Wife — William C. Davis, An
Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate
Government — James Ronald Kennedy & Walter Donald
Jefferson Davis Right? — Robert Penn Warren, Jefferson
Davis Gets His Citizenship Back — Herman Hattaway &
Richard E. Beringer, Jefferson
Davis, Confederate President — Felicity Allen, Jefferson
Davis: Unconquerable Heart — Clint Johnson, Pursuit:
The Chase, Capture, Persecution, and Surprising Release of
Confederate President Jefferson Davis|
| || ||Image source: Frank Leslie's
Illustrated Newspaper, March 9, 1861|
John Jones Pettus (1813-1867) —
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.
Charles Clark (1810-1877) —
Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from
general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Governor of
Physically removed from
office by U.S. troops at the end of the Civil
War, and imprisoned
at Fort Pulaski, Savannah, Ga.
Died in Bolivar
County, Miss., December
18, 1877 (age 67 years, 302
private or family graveyard, Bolivar County, Miss.
Benjamin Grubb Humphreys (1808-1882) —
also known as Benjamin G. Humphreys —
Born in Claiborne
County, Miss., August
Member of Mississippi state legislature, 1837; member of Mississippi
state senate, 1839; general in the Confederate Army during the
Civil War; Governor of
he was 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 (age 74 years, 116
Interment at Wintergreen
Cemetery, Port Gibson, Miss.
Lee Maurice Russell (1875-1943) —
also known as Lee M. Russell —
of Oxford, Lafayette
Born in Dallas, Lafayette
County, Miss., November
Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from
of Mississippi, 1920-24.
by a former stenographer with breach of promise and seduction;
in federal court, where a jury found in his favor.
Died May 16,
1943 (age 67 years, 181
Interment at Lakewood
Memorial Park, Jackson, Miss.
J. O. Stricklin (1872-1930) —
of Yazoo City, Yazoo
Born July 9,
of Yazoo City, Miss., 1929-30; died in office 1930.
by a Yazoo County grand jury in 1929 for stealing a
cow; details of the case were printed in the Yazoo
Sentinel newspaper, leading to a feud between Stricklin and the
Sentinel's editor, Frank R. Birdsall; a year later, on Main Street in
front of the Sentinel office, Stricklin was talking with Dr. R.
E. Hawkins, his opponent in the last election, when Birdsall
approached; Stricklin pulled out a pistol, shot
Birdsall three times (he died the next day), and shot
at, but missed, Dr. Hawkins; he then went to his son's funeral
parlor, where he died by a self-inflicted
in Yazoo City, Yazoo
County, Miss., April 1,
1930 (age 57 years, 266
Interment at Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City, Miss.
Theodore Gilmore Bilbo (1877-1947) —
also known as Theodore G. Bilbo —
of Poplarville, Pearl
River County, Miss.
Born near Poplarville, Pearl River
County, Miss., October
teacher; lawyer; farmer;
member of Mississippi
state senate, 1908-12; Lieutenant
Governor of Mississippi, 1912-16; delegate to Democratic National
Convention from Mississippi, 1912
on Permanent Organization), 1928,
of Mississippi, 1916-20, 1928-32; U.S.
Senator from Mississippi, 1935-47; died in office 1947.
ancestry. Member, Freemasons;
Fellows; Ku Klux Klan.
of the book Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization,
which advocated deportation of all Black Americans to Africa. During
the 1946 campaign, in a radio address, he called on "every
red-blooded Anglo-Saxon man in Mississippi to resort to any means to
keep hundreds of Negroes from the polls in the July 2 primary. And if
you don't know what that means, you are just not up to your
persuasive measures." After he won re-election, the Senate, appalled
at his racist
views and tactics, refused to
seat him, and started an investigation.
Died, of mouth
cancer, in a hospital
at New Orleans, Orleans
Parish, La., August
21, 1947 (age 69 years, 312
Interment at Juniper
Grove Cemetery, Near Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss.
Clennon Washington King, Jr. (c.1921-2000) —
also known as Clennon King; "The Black Don
of Miami, Miami-Dade
Born about 1921.
Independent Afro-American candidate for President
of the United States, 1960; candidate for mayor of
Miami, Fla., 1996.
to enroll in the then-all-white University of Mississippi in
1958, and was sent to the state's insane
asylum; attempted to join and integrate Jimmy
Carter's all-white Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., on the eve of
the 1976 presidential election. Jailed
on numerous occasions for his flamboyant tactics.
Died, of prostate
cancer, in Miami, Miami-Dade
County, Fla., February
12, 2000 (age about 79
Interment at Riverside
Cemetery, Albany, Ga.
Byron Mark Baer (1929-2007) —
also known as Byron M. Baer —
of Englewood, Bergen
Democrat. Member of New
Jersey state house of assembly, 1972-93 (District 13-B 1972-73,
37th District 1974-93); member of New
Jersey state senate 37th District, 1994-2005; resigned 2005;
delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996,
While working as a Freedom
Rider, registering voters in Mississippi in 1961, was arrested
for 45 days.
Died, from complications of congestive
heart failure, in an assisted
living facility, Englewood, Bergen
County, N.J., June 24,
2007 (age 77 years, 259
Jon Clifton Hinson (1942-1995) —
also known as Jon Hinson —
Born in Tylertown, Walthall
County, Miss., March
Representative from Mississippi 4th District, 1979-81; resigned
from Congress in 1981 after being arrested
in a men's restroom and charged
sodomy. After leaving politics, became a gay rights activist.
Died, from acquired immune
deficiency syndrome, Silver Spring, Montgomery
County, Md., July 21,
1995 (age 53 years, 127
Albert Michael Espy (b. 1953) —
also known as Mike Espy —
of Yazoo City, Yazoo
Born in Yazoo City, Yazoo
County, Miss., November
Representative from Mississippi 2nd District, 1987-93; U.S.
Secretary of Agriculture, 1993.
August 27, 1997, on 30 criminal counts based on acceptance
of gifts from organizations and individuals doing business with
the Agriculture Department; acquitted December 2, 1998.
Still living as of 2014.