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Capital: Jackson

State Nickname: Magnolia State

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Flower: Magnolia

Admitted to the Union: December 10, 1817

Governors

December 10,1817 to January 5, 1820:

David Holmes

January 5, 1820 to November 17, 1825:

Walter Leake

* Died in office

November 17, 1825 to January 7, 1826:

Gerald C. Brandon*

* Resigned January 7, 1826

January 7, 1826 to July 25, 1826:

David Holmes

July 25, 1826 to January 9, 1932:

Gerald C. Brandon

January 9, 1832 to June 12, 1833:

Abram M. Scott*

* Died in office

June 12, 1833 to November 20, 1835:

Hiram G. Runnels

* Died in office

December 3, 1835 to January 7, 1836:

John A. Quitman

January 7, 1836 to January 8, 1838:

Charles Lynch

January 8, 1838 to January 10, 1842:

Alexander G. McNutt

January 10, 1842 to January 10, 1844:

Tilgham M. Tucker

January 10, 1844 to January 10, 1848:

Albert G. Brown

January 10, 1848 to January 10, 1850:

Joseph M. Matthews

January 10, 1850 to February 3, 1851:

John A. Quitman*

* Resigned

February 3, 1851 to November 4, 1851:

John L. Guion

November 24, 1851 to January 10, 1852:

James Whitfield

January 10, 1852 to January 5, 1854:

Henry S. Foote*

* Resigned

January 5, 1854 to January 10, 1854:

John J. Pettus

January 10, 1854 to November 16, 1857:

John J. McRae

November 16, 1857 to November 21, 1859:

William McWillie

November 21, 1859 to November 16, 1863:

John J. Pettus

November 16, 1863 to May 22, 1865:

Charles Clark*

* Removed from office

June 13, 1865 to October 16, 1865:

William L. Sharkey

October 16, 1865 to June 15, 1868:

Benjamin G. Humphreys*

* Removed from office

June 15, 1868 to March 10, 1870:

Adelbert Ames

March 10, 1870 to November 30, 1871:

James L. Alcorn*

* Resigned

November 30, 1871 to January 4, 1874;

Ridgley C. Powers

January 4, 1874 to March 29, 1876:

Adelbert Ames

March 29, 1874 to January 29, 1882:

John M. Stone

January 29, 1882 to January 13, 1890:

Robert Lowry

January 13, 1890 to January 20, 1896:

John M. Stone

January 20, 1896 to January 16, 1900:

Anselm J. McLaurin

January 16, 1900 to January 1904:

Andrew H. Longino

January 19, 1904 to January 21, 1908:

James Kimble Vardaman

January 21, 1908 to January 16, 1912:

Edmond Favor Noel

January 16, 1912 to January 18, 1916:

Earl LeRoy Brewer

January 18, 1916 to January 20, 1920:

Thoedore Gilmore Bilbo

January 20, 1920 to January 22, 1924:

Lee Maurice Russell

January 22, 1924 to March 18, 1927:

Henry Lewis Whitfield*

* Died in office

March 18, 1927 to January 17, 1928:

Dennis Murphree

January 17, 1928 to January 19, 1932:

Theodore Gilmore Bilbo

January 19, 1932 to January 21, 1936:

Martin Sennett Conner

January 21, 1936 to January 16, 1940:

Hugh L. White

January 16, 1940 to December 26, 1943:

Paul B. Johnson*

* Died in office

December 26, 1943 to January 18, 1944:

Dennis Murphree

January 18, 1944 to November 2, 1946:

Thomas L. Bailey*

* Died in office

November 2, 1946 to January 22, 1952:

Fielding L. Wright

January 22, 1952 to January 17, 1956:

Hugh L. White

January 17, 1956 to January 19, 1960:

J. P. Coleman

January 19, 1960 to January 21, 1964:

Ross R. Barnett

January 21, 1964 to January 16, 1968:

Paul B. Johnson, Jr.

January 16, 1868 to January 18, 1972:

John Bell Williams

January 18, 1972 to January 20, 1976:

William Lowe Waller

January 20, 1976 to January 22, 1980:

Cliff Finch

January 22, 1980 to January 10, 1984:

william Winter

January 10, 1984 to January 12, 1988:

Bill Allain

January 12, 1988 to January 14, 1992:

Ray Mabus

January 14, 1992 to January 11, 2000:

Kirk Fordice

January 11, 2000 to January 13, 2004:

Ronnie Musgrove

January 13, 2004

Haley Barbour

 
Senators - Class I

December 10, 1817 May 15, 1820

Walter Leake

August 30, 1820 September 25, 1825

David Holmes * Resigned office

September 28, 1825 January 28, 1826

Powhatan Ellis

January 28, 1826 March 3, 1827

Thomas Buck Reed

March 4, 1827 July 16, 1832

Powhatan Ellis

November 22, 1833 January 22, 1838

John Black * Resigned office

January 22, 1838 November 12, 1838

James Fisher Trotter

November 12, 1838 March 3, 1839

Thomas Hickman Williams * Resigned office

March 4, 1839 March 3, 1845

John Henderson

March 4, 1845 May 1, 1847

Jesse Speight

March 7, 1853 March 4, 1857

Jefferson Finis Davis

March 5, 1857 February 23, 1870

Vacant

February 24, 1870 January 10, 1874

Adelbert Ames * Resigned office

February 3, 1874 March 3, 1875

Henry Roberts Pease

March 4, 1875 March 3, 1881

Blanche Kelso Bruce

March 3, 1881 August 14, 1897

James Zachariah George * Died in office

October 8, 1897 March 3, 1911

Hernando De Soto, Money

March 4, 1911 March 3, 1923

John Sharp Williams

March 4, 1923 January 3, 1935

Hubert Durett Stephens

January 3, 1935 August 21, 1947

Theodore Gilmore Bilbo

November 17, 1947 January 3, 1989

John Cornelius Stennis

January 3, 1989 December 18, 2007

Chester Trent Lott Sr.

December 31, 2007

Roger Frederick Wicker

 
Senators - Class II

December 10, 1817 March 3, 1829;

Thomas Hill Williams

March 4, 1829 November 26, 1829

Thomas Buck Reed * Died in office

January 6, 1830 July 2, 1830

Robert Huntington Adams * Died in office

October 15, 1830 March 3, 1835

George Poindexter

March 4, 1835 March 5, 1845

Robert John Walker * Resigned office

November 3, 1845 March 3, 1847

Joseph Williams Chalmers

March 4, 1847 January 8, 1852

Henry Stuart Foote

February 18, 1852 March 3, 1853

Walker Brooke

January 7, 1854 January 12, 1861

Albert Gallatin Brown

January 13, 1861 February 22, 1870

Vacant

February 23, 1870 March 3, 1871

Hiram Rhodes Revels

March 4, 1871 March 3, 1877

James Lusk Alcorn

January 18, 1888 January 23, 1893

Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar * Resigned office

March 9, 1885 January 24, 1894

Edward Cary Walthall * Resigned office

February 7, 1894 March 3, 1895

Anselm Joseph McLaurin

March 4, 1897, May 31, 1898

William Van Amberg Sullivan * Resigned office

December 27, 1909, February 22, 1910

James Gordon

February 23, 1910 March 3, 1913

LeRoy Percy

March 4, 1913 March 3, 1919

James Kimble Vardaman

March 5, 1919 June 22, 1941

Byron Patton Harrison * Died in office

June 30, 1941 September 28, 1941

James Oliver Eastland

September 29, 1941 January 3, 1943

Wall Doxey

January 3, 1943 December 28, 1978

James Oliver Eastland * Resigned office

December 27, 1978

William Thad Cochran

 
State Song
Go Mississippi

Words and Music by Houston Davis

States may sing their songs of praise
With waving flags and hip-hoo-rays,
Let cymbals crash and let bells ring

Choruses: Go, Mississippi, keep rolling along,
Go, Mississippi, you cannot go wrong,
Go, Mississippi, we're singing your song,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Go, Mississippi, you're on the right track,
Go, Mississippi, and this is a fact,
Go, Mississippi, you'll never look back,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Go, Mississippi, straight down the line,
Go, Mississippi, ev'rything's fine,
Go, MIssissippi, it's your state and mine,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Go, Mississippi, continue to roll,
Go, Mississippi, the top is the goal,
Go, Mississippi, you'll have and you'll hold,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Go, Mississippi, get up and go,
Go, Mississippi, let the world know,
That our Mississippi is leading the show,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Adopted as the state song in 1962.

Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1820: 75,448

1830: 136,621

1840: 375,651

1850: 606,526

1860: 791,305

1870: 827,922

1880: 1,131,597

1890: 1,289,600

1900: 1,551,270

1910: 1,797,114

1920: 1,790,618

1930: 2,009,821

1940: 2,183,796

1950: 2,178,914

1960: 2,178,141

1970: 2,216,994

1980: 2,520,638

1990: 2,573,216

2000: 2,844,656

 


State Capitol Building 1907