THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNOR POINDEXTER.

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 259-260.

George Poindexter, born in Louisa county, in the State of Virginia, in the year 1779, and the youngest son of a Baptist clergyman of that country, was the second Governor of the commonwealth of Mississippi; and it may be safely declared that since the hour he was installed in the executive office, down to the present day, he has had no superior in that position. He was recognized in Mississippi, as in the National Capitol, as an intellectual giant. As an orator he was eloquent and powerful. As a statesman he possessed broad, comprehensive and catholic vies, not only on questions of national concern, but on all questions of international law he was equally sound. As a jurist he was learned and profound. As a Senator he stood shoulder to shoulder with the master intellects of that body, at a time when Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun and George McDuffie, were his compeers in the Senatorial arena. It may be said with entire truth that George Poindexter was ranked among the ablest and most eloquent Senators then in the public service.

Mr. Poindexter arrived at Natchez late in December, in the year 1802, and soon succeeded in acquiring a good practice in his profession. It did not require a long time for him to impress upon everyone with whom he cam in contact, the idea that in intellectual vigor he was a very superior man, and destined to become distinguished in the home of his adoption. In less than four months after his arrival at Natchez, Governor Claiborne appointed him Attorney General of the Mississippi Territory.

Having been elected the first representative in Congress in 1817, two years later, in 1819, Poindexter was elected Governor, and during his term, at the request of the legislature, he revised and codified the laws of the State, and what is still known as "Poindexter's Code" remains to-day as one of the best, if not the very best that has yet been produced in the State.

In the year 1830, George Poindexter was elected by the legislature to succeed Robert H. Adams, deceased, in the Senate of the United States, where he served for five years. In 1835 Mr. Poindexter became a candidate for re-election, but was defeated by Robert J. Walker.

This defeat was the close of his political career, and he died in the capital of the State September 5, 1855, and after a long and stormy life he sleeps peacefully in the cemetery at Jackson.



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