THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNOR LYNCH.

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. Pages 278.

Charles Lynch, of Lawrence county, was, it is believed, a native of South Carolina, from which State he migrated to Mississippi at an early day in its history. He was the eighth Governor elected by the people, and the second chosen under the Constitution of 1832.

Mr. Lynch was a plain and unpretentious gentleman, with a vigorous understanding, and a good stock of common sense and sound judgment. He was a man of undoubted patriotism, of unquestioned courage, and of the highest integrity. He was bred to the business of a merchant, and for a number of years he was a successful merchant in the ancient town of Monticello, the seat of justice for Lawrence county. It is worthy of remark that at a time when all offices of honor or profit were eagerly sought after by professional men, who were first, last and all the time politicians and office seekers, that two plain men like Hiram G. Runnels and Charles Lynch should have been successively chosen for Governor by the people.

The administration of Governor Lynch was not conspicously marked by anything perculiarly interesting or strange.

Governor Lynch retired at the expiration of his term, carrying with him to his quiet home at Monticello, the respect, the confidence and good will of the entire people of the commonwealth, whom he had served to the best of his ability, and with all earnestness and fidelity.

Governor Charles Lynch died February 9th, 1853, and his remains rest peacefully in the Jackson cemetery.



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