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James Whitfield

Birthdate: (83)
Death: June 25, 1875 (83)
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Whitfield and Anne Whitfield
Husband of Caroline H Whitfield
Father of George Whitfield
Brother of William Staten Whitfield; Matthew Whitfield; Sarah Jackson and Elizabeth Goode
Half brother of Molsey Traylor

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About James Whitfield, Governor


James Whitfield (December 15, 1791 – June 25, 1875) was Governor of Mississippi from November 24, 1851 to January 10, 1852.

He was born in Elbert County, Georgia. He served until United States Senator Henry S. Foote, who had been elected governor, could complete his service in the Senate and resign from that body. Whitfield was a Democrat. He served in both houses of the Mississippi Legislature.

He donated 185 acres (0.75 km2) of land in the northern part of the state to facilitate the creation of what is simultaneously the state's largest psychiatric facility and hospital, now known as Mississippi State Hospital. His Columbus, MS plantation was sold in 1852 to Thomas Carleton Billups and is known today as The Billups Whitfield Place. In the same year he built a house in Columbus which is known as Snowdoun and is featured annually on the local tour of homes. It was here that Jefferson Davis stayed while campaigning across the state for the U.S. Senate. He gave a speech from the balcony of this house. The home was later visited by author Julian Street as he was traveling across the Southern U.S. compiling notes for his book American Adventures in 1915.

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James Whitfield, Governor's Timeline

December 15, 1791
Age 34
June 25, 1875
Age 83