Anselm Joseph McLaurin: Thirty-fourth Governor of Mississippi: 1896-1900
Anselm McLaurin, the oldest of eight brothers and the father of ten
children, was the last Confederate veteran to be elected governor of Mississippi.
At the age of sixteen, he enlisted in the Third Mississippi Artillery
and became well-known for his daring and bravery during the Civil War.
During Governor McLaurin’s second year in office, Mississippi suffered a yellow fever epidemic which virtually closed the state capital. Almost ninety percent of the people evacuated the city of Jackson in the summer of 1898 and Governor McLaurin was forced to move to his home in Brandon where he conducted state business by telephone.
After completing his term as governor, McLaurin was elected to the United States Senate in 1900 in a campaign against Private John Allen of Tupelo, a congressman and one of Mississippi’s most popular politicians. McLaurin was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 1906. While in the third year of his second term, McLaurin died at his home in Brandon on December 22, 1909.
David Sansing, Ph.D., is history professor emeritus, University of Mississippi.
Posted December 2003
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Mississippi Official and Statistical Register (1912), 79.
Rowland, Dunbar. Mississippi Comprising Sketches in Cyclopedic Form II. 188-191.
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