John J. McRae

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John J. McRae

John Jones McRae (born January 10, 1815 in Sneedsboro , Anson County , North Carolina , †  May 31, 1868 in Belize ) was an American politician . He was governor of the state of Mississippi , which he also represented in both chambers of the US Congress and in the Confederate Congress .


McRae moved to Wayne County , Mississippi, in 1817 at the age of two , where he spent his childhood in Winchester . He enjoyed an academic education and graduated from Miami University in Ohio in 1834 . He then studied in Pearlington law and opened after his graduation in the small town Paulding a law firm. In addition to his professional activity as a lawyer, McRae was instrumental in setting up Eastern Clarion , a weekly newspaper in Paulding.


McRae's entry into politics took place in 1848, when he for the Democrats in the Mississippi House of Representatives was elected; In 1850 he officiated briefly as its speaker . In 1851 McRae ran successfully for a seat in the US Senate and served four months, from December 1, 1851 to March 17, 1852. In 1853, McRae ran for governor of Mississippi and was on November 7, 1853 elected. In 1855 he was re-elected, serving until November 16, 1857. During his tenure, the first neurological hospital in the state of Mississippi was built; in addition, the railway network was expanded.

John McRae continued to be politically active and was elected to the US House of Representatives after the death of Congressman John A. Quitman on December 7, 1858 , a position he held until January 12, 1861. From 1862 to 1864, McRae also represented Mississippi in the first Confederate Congress .

The only information known about the private life of John McRae is that he was married to a woman whose maiden name was McGuire. John McRae, who had a brother in Belize, paid a visit to him in late May 1868. In Belize - that much is certain - McRae died at the age of 53. Neither his exact place of death nor the location of his grave is known.

Web links

  • John J. McRae in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)