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 339-340.

John J. McRae, a native of Wayne county, Mississippi, was elected to the position of Governor in November, 1853, and was installed in office in January, 1854, thus becoming the fourteenth Governor of the commonwealth, and the ninth chosen under the Constitution of 1832.

Mr. McRae had represented his county in both branches of the legislature previous to his induction into the office of chief executive of the State, and his administration was so satisfactory to the people that he was re-elected in November, 1855, for a second term.

Before he was chosen as chief magistrate, he had been appointed in the autumn of 1851 to succeed Jefferson Davis, who had resigned his seat in the United States Senate when he became the candidate of his party for the office of Governor in that year. Mr. McRae served nearly two months as a Senator and until his successor appeared in Washington.

At the expiration of his second term as Governor he was elected to the national House of Representatives to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of General John A. Quitman, and was re-elected for the succeeding term, where he served until the 12th day of January, 1861, when he retired from Congress in company with the entire delegation from the State, and returned to his home.

When the Confederate States government was established, the ex-Governor became a representative in that body, where he served until the close of the war. When the end came, saddened and disappointed at the result, in utter dispair [sic], he abandoned the State where he had been honored, and emigrated to British Honduras, where he soon sickened and died.

John J. McRae was universally esteemed by all who knew him, and as a genial, generous and frank gentleman. His fine social qualities made him a general favorite, and his undeviating courtesy to all men added immensely to his popularity; and when information of his death on a foreign strand -- an exile among strangers -- far from his native Mississippi, reached his former home, a pang of regret pressed heavily upon the hearts of every man and woman who had ever known the genial and warm-hearted ex-Governor McRae. 

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