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22 May 2021 5:53 p.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2021 10:03 p.m. PST

"Clinton, like all towns in Mississippi, has its secrets. Things that people do not know about, but are part of the city's history. This is especially true for the early history of Clinton.

There were four men who lived in what we call Clinton today that served as governor of Mississippi. The first was Walter Leake, who built "Mount Salus" while he was governor in 1825. Mount Salus became a post office, and Gov. David Holmes used his Mount Salus address when he had to resign in 1826 because of poor health. Hiram Runnels, one of the founders of Mississippi College and the town of Clinton, was elected governor in 1833, and Henry Foote, a Clinton lawyer and trustee of Mississippi College, was serving in the U.S. Senate when he defeated Jefferson Davis for governor in 1851.

Clinton was the home of distinguished Mississippi leaders in the 19th century. George Harper, editor of the Hinds County Gazette, often referred to Clintonians as "those intelligent people from that clever village." In 1836, after President Andrew Jackson issued his "Specie Circular" to restrict land speculation in the nation, a group of Clintonians wrote the "Clinton Resolutions," opposing the president's policy and sent their protest to Mississippi's congressional delegation for delivery to the president. Clinton was the only town in Mississippi to take such action, an example of Harper's opinion of the town…"
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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2021 1:21 p.m. PST

Very little here about ACW. Much unpleasantry after the conflict mind you.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2021 3:18 p.m. PST

(smile)

Armand

Nine pound round23 May 2021 8:15 a.m. PST

All undeniably true. And yet, Mississippi has managed to produce an astonishingly disproportionate amount of enduring American musical and literary art: Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Elvis Presley- and that's just a start.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2021 3:14 p.m. PST

Thanks!


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