February, 1799: Territory’s first laws passed

Winthrop Sargent and the ruling council passed the territory’s first nine laws, establishing the militia and courts and setting punishments for crimes. Sargent’s critics derisively referred to them as “Sargent’s Codes.”

Image:  “A Law Respecting Crimes and Punishments, ” Laws of the Mississippi Territory, February 20, 1799, p. 10.

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