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THE HISTORIES OF LAWRENCE AND 
JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTIES, MISSISSIPPI

Transcribed from the microfilmed copy of the Works and Projects Administration's (WPA) "Lawrence Journal"


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As a matter of historic fact, it is worthy of deep interest, and also of pardonable pride to her native citizenry, at home as well as abroad, to know that Lawrence is one of the richest counties in this grand old state of Mississippi in point of historic lore. For a period of twenty-four hours, Monticello had at least, the distinction of being the capital of the state. The Legislature, then in session at Columbia, located the capital at Monticello, but the following day this action was reconsidered, and Jackson won the honor. However, the State Supreme Court did meet in Monticello at one time, and during its session here the illustrious Sargent S. Prentiss, then a young man, entirely unknown to fame, was granted license to practice law.

Lawrence County boasts of the fact of having furnished the state with three governors Hiram G. Runnels, James D. Lynch, and Andrew H. Longino, the latter still living as an honored citizen of Jackson. In addition to these, Judge Wiley P. Harris lived in Monticello when elected to Congress, and several other state officers have claimed Lawrence County as their home, among the number being the lamented Sylvester Gwin, state auditor, and George W. Carlisle, state treasurer.

Monticello, in the early thirties of the last century, was the second largest town in the state, having a population of something like 2,500 persons. Up and down Pearl River, in the territory embraced in Lawrence County, lived some of the wealthiest and most highly cultured families in the entire South. Stephen A. Douglas, unsuccessful candidate for president of the United States against Abraham Lincoln, once owned and operated a large river plantation in Lawrence County.

A careful review of the material embraced in this volume will prove of great interest to those inclined to acquaint themselves with historical facts hitherto little known or forgotten."

Joseph Dale, Founnder of Lawrence County Press

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