Source: Lowry, Robert and McCardle, William H. A History of Mississippi, from the Discovery of the Great River by Hernando DeSoto, Including the Earliest Settlement Made by the French Under Iberville, to the Death of Jefferson Davis [1541-1889]. Jackson, Miss.: R. H. Henry & Co., 1891. Page 259.

As the first Executive, elected by the people, Governor David Holmes, in conjunction with other officials of the State, proceeded in a business and orderly way, during the first year of his term, in putting into operation the machinery of the State government in conformity with the provision of the Constitution. His long experience and successful career in public life enabled him to organize the several departments of the State and county governments without causing the least friction, and it may be truthfully alleged that at the end of his gubernatorial term of two years, he enjoyed the respect and confidence of all the people whom he had so long and faithfully served. He was succeeded in 1819 by the election of Hon. George Poindexter. 

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