Gov. Henry Stuart FOOTE1

HAIRSTON.org ID#5545, b. 28 February 1804, d. 20 May 1880
Father*Richard Helm FOOTE1 b. 1773, d. 1818
Mother*Jane STUART1 b. 1774
Marriage*Gov. Henry Stuart FOOTE married Elizabeth WINTERS, daughter of Thomas WINTERS and Catherine Storke WASHINGTON.1 
Birth*Gov. Henry Stuart FOOTE was born on 28 February 1804 in Fauquier County, Virginia.2 
He was the son of Richard Helm FOOTE and Jane STUART.1 
Elected*Gov. Henry Stuart FOOTE was Elected on 4 March 1847 in United States Senator from Mississippi.2 
ElectedHENRY S. FOOTE, the nineteenth Governor of Mississippi. Foote secured the Union-Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 3, 1851. Political tensions mounted over the secession issue, which caused Governor Foote to resign five days before his term expired on January 10, 1854. 
Marriage*He married Rachel D. BOYD on 13 June 1859.3 
Census 1860*Gov. Henry Stuart FOOTE appeared on the census of 13 July 1860 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.4

 
Census 1870*He was Head of Household on 11 August 1870 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.5

 
Death*He died on 20 May 1880 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, at age 76.6 
Burial*He was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.2 
Obit*Ex. Gov. Henry S. Foote died at his home near Nashville, Tenn., May 19, l880. During his long career of seventy-nine years there have been few men who have occupied the public utteution more then he. A native of Fauquier county, Va., he removed, when a young man, to Tuscumbia, Ala., where he began the practice of law, and at tho same time commenced his political career by publishing a democratic newspaper. He left Alabama two years after and took up his residence at Jackson, Miss. In 1847 be was elected to the United States Senate in which body be played quite an important part being chairman of the committee on Foreign relations. In 1850 when the compromise measures came up before the people of this country, ex-Gov. Foote was their ardent supporter in Mississippi. On that issue he became a canidate for governor his opponent being no less a personage than Jefferson Davis. This gubernatorial contest was one of the hottest ever waged in Mississippi, and Foote was elected. At the end of the term he left the State and took his residence in California, where he remained four years, returning to Mississippi in 1858 and taking up his residence in Vicksburg. In 1859 he was a member of the convention of representatives of the Southern States held in Knoxville, he made himself the special where of the Union and bitterly opposed all ideas of secession.

When the war began, however, ex-Gov. Foote sided with the South and was was elected to tho Confederate congress from Tennessee. In congress he showed himself still bitterly hostile to his old enemv Jefferson Davis, steadily opposed the Confederate administration and did all in his power to vex and annoy it.

At the close of the war he resumed the practice of law. Although he joined the republican party soon after, he held no office, living in comparative retirement until Hayes appointed him superintendent of our mint, two years ago, vice Michael Halm. While here the ex-Gov. has been unusually quiet creaing no excitement in any circles save at the Vicksburg labor convention where he made a speech to the negro delegates that was considered somewhat incendiary and liable to do harm.

The ex-Gov. was always an ernest believer in the code of honor, and figures in several very dramatic duels, in two of which he was slightly wounded.

A few days ago ex-Gov. Foote forwarded his resignation of the superintendency of our mint to Washington on account of ill health, but at the time of his death it had not yet been acted on.

The Pascagoula Democrat Star, Pascagoula, Mississippi, May 28, 1880, Page 4. (Mississippi Department of Archives and History.)7 

Family 1

Elizabeth WINTERS d. a 1855
Children

Family 2

Rachel D. BOYD b. a 1830, d. a 12 Jan 1882
Child

Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

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