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William Henry Tibbs (1816 - 1906)

William Henry Tibbs (June 10, 1816 – October 18, 1906) was a Tennessee attorney and politician who served in the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War. He was noted as a fi...

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Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow ("Border Ruffian" leader) (1816 - 1891)

Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow (September 3, 1816-April 26, 1891) was a Missouri Attorney General, a high ranking border ruffian and one of the organizers of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railr...

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John J. Pettus, Governor ("the Mississippi Fire-eater") (1813 - 1867)

John Jones Pettus (October 9, 1813 – January 28, 1867) was a United States politician. A member of the Democratic party, he was Governor of the state of Mississippi from January 5, 1854 to J...

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James D. B. DeBow (1820 - 1867)

James Dunwoody Brownson DeBow (July 10, 1820 – February 27, 1867) was an American publisher and statistician, best known for his influential magazine DeBow's Review, who also served as head of...

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James H. Hammond, Governor, U.S. Senator (1807 - 1864)

James Henry Hammond (November 15, 1807 – November 13, 1864) was a politician from South Carolina. He served as a United States Representative from 1835 to 1836, the 60th Governor of South Caro...

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Preston S. Brooks, US Congress (1819 - 1857)

Preston Smith Brooks (August 5, 1819 – January 27, 1857) was a Democratic Congressman from South Carolina during the period just prior to the US Civil War. Brooks is primarily remembered f...

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Col. Laurence M. Keitt (CSA), US Congress (1824 - 1864)

Laurence Massillon Keitt (October 4, 1824 – June 4, 1864) was a South Carolina politician who served as a United States Congressman. He is included in several lists of Fire-Eaters—men w...

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William Henry Gist, Governor of South Carolina (1807 - 1874)

William Henry Gist (August 22, 1807– September 30, 1874) was the 68th Governor of South Carolina from 1858 to 1860 and a leader of the secession movement in South Carolina. Early life and ...

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William Porcher Miles, US Congress (1822 - 1899)

William Porcher Miles (July 4, 1822 – May 11, 1899) was among the ardent States' Rights advocates, supporters of slavery, and Southern secessionists who came to be known as the "Fire-Eaters." ...

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Gen. John A. Quitman, Mil. Gov. of Mexico City, Gov. of MS (1798 - 1858)

John Anthony Quitman (b. September 1, 1798, Rhinebeck, New York– July 17, 1858, Natchez, Mississippi) was an American politician and soldier. He served as Governor of Mississippi from 1835 t...

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David Yulee, Senator MP (1810 - 1886)

YULEE, David Levy, a Delegate and a Senator from Florida; born David Levy in St. Thomas, West Indies, June 12, 1810; at the age of nine was sent to the United States to Norfolk, Va. to attend a private...

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Augustus Baldwin Longstreet (1790 - 1870)

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet (September 22, 1790-July 9, 1870) was an American lawyer, minster, educator, and humorist, known for his book Georgia Scenes. Biography Longstreet was born in Augusta,...

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Gen. Robert A. Toombs, CSA, US Congress (1810 - 1885)

Graduate of Union College, New York. Pre-war United States Congressman and United States Senator. Confederate Secretary of State until July 19, 1861 when appointed brigadier general. Fought in the Peni...

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BGen. William Barksdale (CSA), US Congress (1821 - 1863)

William Barksdale (August 21, 1821 – July 3, 1863) was a lawyer, newspaper editor, U.S. Congressman, and a Confederate general in the American Civil War. A staunch secessionist, he was mortall...

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Louis Trezevant Wigfall, Gen., CSA (1816 - 1874)

Louis Trezevant Wigfall (April 21, 1816 – February 18, 1874) was an American politician from Texas who served as a member of the Texas Legislature, United States Senate, and Confederate Senate...

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Gen. Thomas C. Hindman, Jr. (CSA) US Congress (1828 - 1868)

Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr. (January 28, 1828 – September 27, 1868) was a lawyer, United States Representative from the 1st Congressional District of Arkansas, and a Major General in the Co...

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William Yancey ("Orator of Secession") (1814 - 1863)

William Lowndes Yancey (August 10, 1814 – July 27, 1863) was a journalist, politician, orator, diplomat and an American leader of the Southern secession movement. A member of the group known a...

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Edmund Ruffin (Southern "Fire-Eater") (1794 - 1865)

Genealogy from: "The Diary of Edmund Ruffin: The years of hope, April 1861-June 1863" Edmund Ruffin (January 5, 1794 – June 17, 1865) was a farmer and slaveholder, a Confederate soldier, and a...

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Robert Barnwell Rhett, U.S. Senator (Southern "Fire-Eater") (1800 - 1876)

Robert Barnwell Rhett, Sr. (December 21, 1800 – September 14, 1876), was a United States secessionist politician from South Carolina. Biography Born Robert Barnwell Smith in Beaufort. His ...

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Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (Southern "Fire-Eater") (1784 - 1851)

Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (September 6, 1784 - August 26, 1851) was an American author, judge, legal scholar, and political essayist. From the 1830s onward he was a "Fire-Eater". CLife and Politics...

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