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Ross Robert Barnett

  • Birth 22 Jan 1898 Standing Pine, Leake County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 6 Nov 1987 Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Standing Pine, Leake County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 20096675

Mississippi Governor. A World War I veteran and trial lawyer, Barnett entered politics by running unsuccesfully for Governor in 1951. He ran again in 1955, losing again. His third campaign, in 1959, was successful, and he served as Mississippi's fifty-third Governor from 1960 to 1964. Barnett is remembered primarily for his staunch segregationist attitudes and actions, including his fiery rhetoric when James Meredith, an African American, entered the University of Mississippi in 1962 (Meredith succeeded in graduating) and his decreeing that the Mississippi State University basketball team could not play in the NCAA tournament in 1963 because some of the teams included African Americans (the team managed to sneak away in the dead of night and play in the tournament despite Barnett's decree). Barnett's racist posturings overshadowed the economic accomplishments of his four years in office. He ran again for Governor in 1967 but lost by a wide margin in the primary.

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  • Originally Created by: NatalieMaynor
  • Added: 25 Jun 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20096675
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ross Robert Barnett (22 Jan 1898–6 Nov 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20096675, citing Barnett Memorial Garden, Standing Pine, Leake County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .