1946: Fielding L. Wright becomes Mississippi’s forty-ninth governor

Governor Fielding L. Wright (MDAH Collection)
Governor Fielding L. Wright

Wright served from 1946 to 1948, filling the remainder of Governor Bailey’s term after Bailey’s death in November.

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1946: Mississippi Vocational College established

The school was later named Mississippi Valley State University.

1946: U.S. Senate investigates and censures Senator Theodore Bilbo

Theodore Bilbo (MDAH Collection)
Theodore Bilbo

The former Mississippi governor (1916-20) was suspected of accepting bribes from defense contractors during World War II. After withdrawing from the Senate due to the charges, Bilbo died of cancer in 1947.

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