Earl Leroy Brewer: Thirty-eighth Governor of Mississippi: 1912-1916
Governor Earl Brewer’s inauguration was an unusually festive occasion and attracted the largest crowd in the state's history up to that time. Railroad companies offered reduced rates and thousands of people came to Jackson from all over the state. There was an enormous parade and a public reception at the New Capitol which was followed by a gala inaugural ball at the Stag Club.
Earl Brewer, the first graduate of the University of Mississippi Law
School to be elected governor, was born in Carroll County, Mississippi,
on August 11, 1869. After completing the regular two-year law course in
less than one year, Brewer opened a law office at Water Valley in 1892.
One of his most famous clients was the widow of Casey Jones, the legendary
railroad man. Brewer represented Mrs. Jones in her out-of-court settlement
with the Illinois Central Railroad.
In 1911 Brewer again ran for governor and achieved a unique distinction
in Mississippi political history. He ran unopposed in the Democratic Party
primary. That is the only occasion since the enactment of the primary
law that the Democratic nominee has run unopposed. In the general election,
Brewer easily defeated S. W. Rose, the Socialist candidate, who received
only 2,049 votes.
David Sansing, Ph.D., is history professor emeritus, University of Mississippi.
Posted January 2004
Jackson Daily News, January 14, 1912, on Brewer's inauguration.
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