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BLACK, John (1800-1854)
Senate Years of Service: 1832-1838

BLACK, JOHN, a Senator from Mississippi; born in Virginia on August 11, 1800; engaged in teaching; studied law; commenced practice in Louisiana; moved to Winchester, Miss.; elected judge of the fourth circuit and supreme court 1826-1832; appointed as a Jacksonian to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Powhatan Ellis and served from November 12, 1832, to March 3, 1833; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian (later Whig) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1833, and served from November 22, 1833, to January 22, 1838, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Private Lands (Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Winchester, Miss., and later operated sugar plantations in Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana Parishes, La.; died in Winchester, Va., on August 29, 1854; interment in Saint Stephens Episcopal Church Cemetery, Innis, La..

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