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Adam Lewis Bingaman

Birthdate: (76)
Death: September 6, 1869 (76)
New Orleans, Orleans , Louisiana, United States
Place of Burial: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Adam Bingaman and Lousey Ratliff
Husband of Julia Maria Bingaman
Partner of Mary E Williams
Father of Charlotte Bingaman; Adam Lewis Bingaman, Jr.; Frances Ann Pryor; Cordelia Bingaman; Amelia Bingaman and 3 others
Brother of Catherine Duncan

Occupation: Politician
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Adam Lewis Bingaman

Bingaman studied law in Massachusetts, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University Class of 1812. He met his wife while boarding with her family.

Judith Sargent Murray's daughter, Julia Maria Murray, became romantically involved with Adam Lewis Bingaman while he was a student at Harvard. In her revealing letters to Winthrop Sargent and other family members, Judith Sargent Murray disclosed the circumstances surrounding the secret marriage of Adam Lewis Bingaman and Julia Maria Murray that occurred in Boston on August 26, 1812, because of the couple's fears of impending separation and the anticipated opposition to their marriage by both of their families. Murray's letters also reveal that Winthrop Sargent was very displeased when he learned of the secret marriage ceremony.

Adam Lewis Bingaman and his wife eventually returned to Natchez, Mississippi Territory, where they lived at Fatherland Plantation. The Bingamans had two children, Charlotte Bingaman and Adam Lewis Bingaman, Jr.


Murray and her daughter went to live at Fatherland, the Bingaman family plantation in Natchez, Mississippi.2 Life on the plantation was privileged. The noted race horse, Lexington (horse) was stabled at the Bingaman plantation while being trained by John Benjamin Pryor, the horse trainer at the top of his field. Bingaman was a slaveholder, holding 230 slaves in 1850 and 310 in 1860.3 Bingaman had a relationship with a free-black woman, Mary E. Williams, and may have fathered as many as six children: Frances Ann, wife of Pryor; Cordelia, Emilie, Marie Sophie Charlotte, James and Henriette.4

As a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1833, Bingaman headed a select committee during the Nullification Crisis that preceded the American Civil War.5 He served as the president of the State Senate from 1838 to 1840. Bingaman was described by his peers as "a man of rare qualifications for a popular leader, being gifted by nature in mind and personal appearance (which was most dignified and commanding), with a polished education and fascinating manners; he was a natural orator."6 After Charles Lynch was elected governor of Mississippi, Bingaman read Lynch's inaugural speech to the Mississippi Assembly.7 Bingaman's reputation as an orator was heightened by his speech to General Andrew Jackson at Natchez in January 1840.8


  2. 2 "Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography". Archived from the original on 22 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-23.
  3. 3 " US Census Slave Schedules, 1850 and 1860". Archived from the original on 23 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-24.
  4. 4 Mitch Crusto, Loyola University, New Orleans, School of Law. "Blackness as Property: Sex, Race, Status and Wealth". Retrieved 2006-12-24.
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Adam Lewis Bingaman's Timeline

February 11, 1793
Age 19
Age 32
Age 37
September 6, 1869
Age 76
New Orleans, Orleans , Louisiana, United States
Age 75
New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States