1854: Kansas-Nebraska Act allows new territories to vote on slavery

Tensions rose in Mississippi and across nation as fighting broke out between pro- and anti-slavery settlers in the territories.

1854: John J. Pettus becomes Mississippi’s twentieth governor

Governor John J. Pettus (MDAH Collection)
Governor John J. Pettus

Pettus served as governor for the days between the resignation of Henry Foote and the inauguration of his successor, John J. McRae.

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1854: John J. McRae becomes Mississippi’s twenty-first governor

Governor John J. McRae (MDAH Collection)
Governor John J. McRae

McRae served from 1854 to 1857.

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