1826: Mississippi legislature adopts report defending slavery

The report by United States Representative William Haile defended slavery, stating that although the institution was evil, the right to property in slaves was sacred. “The Southern states who suffer and are compelled by circumstances to endure the evil, ought to be the best judges of the remedy…”

1826: Jones County created

January 1826: David Holmes becomes Mississippi’s fifth governor

Governor David Holmes (MDAH Collection)
Governor David Holmes

Holmes’s second term was short-lived due to his poor health. He resigned on July 25, 1826.

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January 24, 1826: Hampstead Academy chartered

Mississippi College Chapel (MDAH Collection)
Mississippi College Chapel

Now Mississippi College, the Clinton school is the oldest institution of higher learning in Mississippi.

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July 1826: Gerard C. Brandon becomes Mississippi’s sixth governor

Governor Gerard C. Brandon (MDAH Collection)
Governor Gerard C. Brandon

Brandon completed the term of David Holmes, who resigned due to poor health. Brandon was re-elected in 1827 and 1829.

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