This chapter presents a demographic profile of the one-hundred delegates who were members of the Mississippi Secession Convention. Historian Thomas Woods describes the delegates as gentlemen in the full maturity of splendid young manhood, in the main. The average age of the Mississippi delegate was forty-two, with only ten delegates in their twenties. The occupations of the various delegates were almost as varied as the men themselves. Woods asserted that “the Mississippi Secession Convention was adorned, inspired, and largely controlled by its lawyer members.” The other dominant group was the planter or farmer class. Fifty-one of the delegates listed some type of agricultural pursuit as their chief occupation or were heavily involved in that business prior to the convention and that does not count other distinct agricultural jobs such as the two delegates who were saddlers.
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