W. T. Covington, one of the most useful men in Quitman County, was a native of Panola, and came here in 1886, about nine years after the county was organized. In the part of the county where he first lived, he was the only white man making his residence, there, but within three years, he was chosen one of the five supervisors of this county, and so sound was his judgment, so sterling his honesty, and so capable his administration, that in 1891 he was chosen to fill the consolidated office of clerk for both the circuit and chancery courts of Quitman County, and held those offices for sixteen years. He served in the legislature from 1911 to 1915, aiding in passing the Torreyson land-title act, the bank-guarantee act, and in repealing the old Tallahatchie drainage act. He was elected to the state Senate in 1918, where he supported woman's suffrage, and secured the passage of many local drainage, road, and school laws. As a citizen and a progressive planter Senator Covington is remembered as one of the most valued assets the county ever had.
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