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HOLMES, David, a Representative from Virginia and a Senator from Mississippi; born at Mary Ann Furnace, near Hanover, York County, Pa., March 10, 1769; moved to Virginia as a child; attended Winchester Academy, Winchester, Va.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1791 and commenced practice in Harrisonburg, Va.; held several local offices; elected to the Fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1809); was not a candidate for renomination in 1808; chairman, Committee on Claims (Ninth and Tenth Congresses); moved to the Mississippi Territory; Governor of the Territory of Mississippi 1809-1817; Governor of the State of Mississippi 1817-1820; appointed to the United States Senate from Mississippi as a Democratic Republican to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Walter Leake; subsequently elected as a Jackson Republican and served from August 30, 1820, to September 25, 1825, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixteenth Congress); again Governor of Mississippi, but stepped down due to ill health 1826; returned to Winchester, Va., in 1827; died at Jordan's Sulphur Springs, near Winchester, Va., on August 20, 1832; interment in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Va.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: In Mississippi (Territory), Judge of the Superior Court correspondence, 1805-1816; Governor's executive journals, 1805-1814; and Militia correspondence, 1806-1815.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections

Ithaca, NY
Papers: 1 letter (May 29, 1815) in Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume XIII, Miscellany, 1771-1832.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Jackson, MS
Papers: Correspondence, documents, and papers concerning the Alabama-Mississippi controversy (1817-1829) in Governors' papers.

University of Southern Mississippi
McCain Library and Archives

Hattiesburg, MS
Papers: 1822. 1 item. Endorsement letter for the recommendation of a midshipman.

Virginia Historical Society

Richmond, VA
Papers: Miscellaneous items. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Conrad, D.H. 'David Holmes: First Governor of Mississippi.' Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society 4 (1921): 234-57.

Hildreth, Howard P. "David Holmes." Virginia Cavalcade 16 (Spring 1967): 38-40

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