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William McWillie

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States
Death: March 3, 1869 (73)
Camden, Madison County, Mississippi, United States
Place of Burial: Camden, Madison County, Mississippi, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Adam McWillie and Margaret McWillie
Husband of Nancy Louisa McWillie and Catherine McWillie
Father of Captain Adam McWillie (CSA); Henrietta Shannon; Nancy Louisa Salmond; Mary Cunningham McWillie; LUCY ANDERSON MCWILLIE and 1 other

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About William McWillie, Governor


William McWillie (November 17, 1795 – March 3, 1869) was the twenty-second governor of Mississippi from 1857 to 1859. He was a Democrat. McWillie was the last Governor of Mississippi prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

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He was born near Liberty Hill, Kershaw County, South Carolina, on November 17, 1795. His father Colonel Adam McWillie was in command of a regiment during the War of 1812.

McWillie graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) in 1817. Then he began the study of law, being admitted to the bar in 1818.

He married Catherine Anderson (1812–1873), daughter of Dr. Edward H. Anderson of Camden, South Carolina, and granddaughter of a noted officer of the Maryland Line.

Between 1836 and 1840 he served in both the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate. In 1845 he moved to Mississippi. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1849, serving from December 3, 1849 to March 3, 1851. In 1858 he became Governor of Mississippi, serving until 1860. McWillie died in Kirkwood, Madison County, Mississippi, on March 3, 1869.

His son Adam McWillie (1821 to 1861) was killed in the Civil War during the First Battle of Bull Run.

Birth: Nov. 17, 1795 Camden Kershaw County South Carolina, USA Death: Mar. 3, 1869 Camden Madison County Mississippi, USA

Governor. A native of Camden, South Carolina, he served with the United States Army during the War of 1812. He was elected Governor of Mississippi, serving from 1857 to 1859. He also served as a Democrat to represent Mississippi's 3rd District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1849 to 1851.

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 Catherine Anderson McWillie (1812 - 1873)

 Adam McWillie (1821 - 1861)*
 Henrietta McWillie Shannon (1825 - 1891)*
 Nancy Louisa McWillie Salmond (1827 - 1900)*
 Lucy Anderson McWillie (1836 - 1906)*
 Margaret Davidson McWillie Calhoon (1839 - 1923)*
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Burial: Kirkwood Cemetery Camden Madison County Mississippi, USA

Created by: Brian Record added: Oct 18, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 22295993

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William McWillie, Governor's Timeline

November 17, 1795
Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States
November 7, 1821
Age 25
July 25, 1823
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February 1, 1827
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March 3, 1869
Age 73
Camden, Madison County, Mississippi, United States