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James Z. George: Mississippi's Great Commoner

Timothy B. Smith


“When the Mississippi school boy is asked who is called the ‘Great Commoner’ of public life in his State,” wrote Mississippi’s premier historian Dunbar Rowland in 1901, “he will unhesitatingly answer James Z. George.” While George’s prominence, along with his white supremacist views, have decreased through the decades since then, many modern historians still view him as a supremely important Mississippian, with one writing that George (1826–1897) was “Mississippi’s most important Democratic leader in the late nineteenth century.” Certainly, the Mexican War veteran, prominent lawyer and planter ... More

Keywords: white supremacy, Democratic leader, Mexican War veteran, Civil War officer, Reconstruction leader, United States senator, Great Commoner, Mississippi, planter, Supreme Court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617032318
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy B. Smith, author