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Collection Title: Holmes (David) Letter

Collection Number: M46

Dates: December 29, 1822

Volume: 1 letter

Provenance: Goodspeed's Book Shop, Boston, Massachusetts. Date unknown.

Copyright: This letter may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

David Holmes, Mississippi's last territorial governor and first state governor, was born March 10, 1769, in Frederick County, Virginia. He received a classical education and studied law prior to his election as Virginia's representative to Congress, 1797-1809. In 1809, President Thomas Jefferson appointed Holmes territorial governor of Mississippi, where he served until 1817 when Mississippi was granted statehood. Holmes served as president of the Constitutional Convention of 1817 and in September 1817 when Mississippi was elected as first governor of the new state. After a two-year term as governor, Holmes was unanimously elected to the United States Senate and served Mississippi in that capacity until 1825, at which time he resigned to run for governor again. Although reelected governor in January 1826, Holmes had to resign on July 25, 1826, because of poor health. After his resignation, he returned to Winchester, Virginia, where he lived until his death, August 20, 1832.

Scope and Content:

One original letter, dated December 29, 1822, from Senator David Holmes of Mississippi to the Secretary of the Navy. The letter endorses the recommendation made by Judge Thurston Speaks of Missouri that Hamilton E. V. Robinson, also of Missouri, be appointed as a midshipman.


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