Edmond Noel

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Edmond Noel

Edmond Favor Noel (born March 4, 1856 in Lexington , Mississippi , † July 30, 1927 ibid) was an American politician and from 1908 to 1912 governor of the state of Mississippi.

Early years and political advancement

Edmund Noel attended high school in Louisville , Kentucky . After studying law and being admitted to the bar in 1877, he began to work in his native Lexington in his new profession. He became a member of the Democratic Party . Between 1881 and 1882 he was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives . In 1887, he became a district attorney in his state's fifth judicial district. From 1895 to 1903 he was a member of the Mississippi Senate . There he was involved in drafting some amendments to the state constitution. During the Spanish-American War he served as a soldier in the US Army . On August 22, 1907, Edmond Noel was elected the new governor of his state.

Mississippi Governor

Noel began his four-year term on January 21, 1908. During his reign, a veterinary committee was set up and child protection laws were improved. A food control law was also passed. At that time both a school for teachers and an agricultural college were established. A prohibition law has been passed for the entire state of Mississippi . In addition, the governor's residence was renovated after 66 years.

Another résumé

After his term in office on January 16, 1912, Noel remained politically active. In 1918 he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in Congress . From 1920 until his death he was again a member of the State Senate. Edmond Noel died on July 30, 1927 and was buried in his hometown of Lexington. He was married twice.


  • Robert Sobel and John Raimo (Eds.): Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Volume 2, Meckler Books, Westport, 1978. 4 volumes.

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