THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNOR McWILLIE.
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 340.
William McWillie, born in Kershaw district, South Carolina, November 17th, 1795, migrated to Mississippi in 1845, was elected Governor in November, 1857, and was inducted into office in January, 1858, thus becoming the fifteenth chief magistrate of the commonwealth, and the tenth chosen under the Constitution of 1832.
There was nothing particularly striking that occurred during the administration of Governor McWillie. He was always regarded as a gentleman of education and honor, and four years after he made his home in Mississippi he was nominated and elected to Congress, where he served from December, 1849, to March 4th, 1851. He was nominated in 1851, by the wing of his party pledged to "resistance" to the compromise measures incident to the admission of California, and he was borne down and defeated by the cyclone of Unionism that swept over the State in the year 1851.
After retiring at the end of his gubernatorial term with the confidence and respect of all the people of the State the Governor never again held official position. He was universally respected for his manly qualities, lofty bearing, generous hospitality and the purity of his life, and died peacefully at his home in Madison county, March 3d, 1869, in the 74th year of his age.
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