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 James Whitfield

James Whitfield

Birth
Elbert County, Georgia, USA
Death 25 Jun 1875 (aged 83)
Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA
Plot Lot 187
Memorial ID 9768580 · View Source
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State Representative; State Senator, Governor, Merchant, Planter, Banker

Member of Mississippi House of Representatives, From 1842 to 1850
Mississippi State Senator 1851
Governor of Mississippi for 48 days, From Nov 1851 to Jan 1852

After the American Indian lands were opened for white settlement Whitfield, as a young man, moved to Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi. He combined his mercantile interests with planting and became very prosperous. In 1852 he opened an insurance company and banking house which remained solvent throughout the War to preserve federal revenue.

When the State Senate convened on November 24, 1851 Whitfield was, by one vote, elected president of the Senate on the twenty-first ballot and immediately assumed the office of governor.

He donated 185 acres of land for the creation of what is the state's largest psychiatric facility and hospital which now bears his name.

Governor Whitfield died at Snowden, his home in Columbus.



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  • Maintained by: Dixie
  • Originally Created by: Family Tree Shaker
  • Added: 7 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9768580
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Whitfield (16 Dec 1791–25 Jun 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9768580, citing Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Dixie (contributor 46967647) .