Person:Alexander McNutt (14)

Gov. Alexander Gallatin McNutt
d.22 October 1848 DeSoto County, Mississippi
m. abt. 1791
  1. Margaret McNutt1792 - 1856
  2. Elizabeth McNutt1794 - 1871
  3. Anderson McNutt1795 - 1860
  4. Martha McNutt1798 - 1865
  5. Rebecca McNutt1799 - 1861
  6. Gov. Alexander Gallatin McNutt1802 - 1848
  7. Janetta Grigsby McNutt1804 - 1843
  8. Frances Ann McNutt5 - 1877
  9. Sarah Alexander 'Sallie' McNutt1812 -
Facts and Events
Name Gov. Alexander Gallatin McNutt
Gender Male
Birth[1] 3 January 1802 Rockbridge County, Virginia
Death[1] 22 October 1848 DeSoto County, Mississippi

About Alexander McNutt

Alexander Gallatin McNutt (January 3, 1802 – October 22, 1848) was a Mississippi attorney and politician who served as Governor from 1838 to 1842.

Early Life

Alexander G. McNutt was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia on January 3, 1802. He graduated from Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in 1821, studied law, and moved to Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1820s. He subsequently relocated to Vicksburg, where he practiced in partnership with Joel Cameron. When Cameron was murdered by his slaves in 1833, McNutt subsequently married Cameron's widow, Elizabeth Lewis Cameron. (Before the slaves were executed, a free black man who was also implicated blamed McNutt for the murder, stating that McNutt had instigated it in order to profit by Cameron's death.)[1][2][3]

Political Career

A Democrat, in 1829 he served as a Selectman in Vicksburg. In 1835 McNutt was elected to the Mississippi State Senate. In 1837 he was elected President of the Senate.[4][5]

McNutt ran successfully for governor in 1837 and served two terms, 1838 to 1842. During his term Mississippi founded its state library and procured land for construction of a state university, and construction was completed on the state penitentiary.[6]

During his governorship, McNutt opposed central banking, including Mississippi's Planters and Union Banks, in which the state had large ownership stakes, arguing that the stockholders and managers were corrupt. The banks sold bonds in an effort to raise revenue, which the state repudiated under McNutt's influence, leaving the state with a large debt.[7]

After leaving office he resumed practicing law. In 1847 he ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate, losing to Henry S. Foote.[8]

In 1848, McNutt campaigned for the presidential ticket headed by Lewis Cass and was a candidate for presidential elector. While in Desoto County, he became ill and died on October 22, 1848. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, Section 6, Lot 57.[9][10]


McNutt's home is a Vicksburg landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[11]


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