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The Mississippi Secession ConventionDelegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865$
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Timothy B. Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460971

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460971.001.0001

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January 1861

(p.29) 2 Delegates
The Mississippi Secession Convention

Timothy B. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

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.

Keywords:   Mississippi Secession Convention, Thomas Woods, delegates, Mississippi, secession, lawyer, farmer class, saddlers

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