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
 


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