FEATHERSTON, Winfield Scott (1820-1891)

FEATHERSTON, WINFIELD SCOTT, a Representative from Mississippi; born near Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tenn., August 8, 1820; completed preparatory studies; moved to Mississippi and settled in Houston; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Houston, Miss.; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1851); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law at Houston, Miss.; moved to Holly Springs in 1856; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; commissioned brigadier general March 4, 1862; paroled in Greensboro, N.C., May 1, 1865; unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1865; member of the State house of representatives in 1876 and 1880; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; member of the State constitutional convention in 1890; died in Holly Springs, Miss., May 28, 1891; interment in Hill Crest Cemetery.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Jackson, MS
Papers: 1860, 1 page.
The commission of W. S. Featherston as Minister to Kentucky from the State of Mississippi, signed by Governor John J. Pettus and C. A. Brougher, Secretary of State, December 5, 1860.

Papers: ca. 1861-1927, amount unknown.
Records documenting Winfield Scott Featherston appear in various collections of Civil War and Mississippi Infantry Regiment records.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1871, 1 item.
A letter from Winfield Scott Featherston to Charles Colcock Jones written on June 20, 1871. Included in the letter is a statement of his service in the Confederate Army.


University of Mississippi
Archives and Special Collections
University, MS
Papers: In the Featherston Collection, ca. 1824-1952, 13 Hollinger boxes and 3 overized boxes.
The Featherston Collection contains legal documents, correspondence, speeches, pamphlets, ephemera, currency, and miscellaneous documents dating from 1824 to 1952 related to Winfield Scott Featherston and his family. The collection does not contain records from Featherston’s tenure in Congress, but it does document his continued participation in state politics after the Civil War. The finding aid is available in the repository and online at http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00181/.


The University of Southern Mississippi
McCain Library and Archives
Hattiesburg, MS
Papers: 1850, 1 letter.
A letter from Winfield Scott Featherston to an unidentified person written on April 7, 1850. In the letter, Winfield Featherston writes on the subject of the appointment of a cadet. The addressee had recommended Mr. Brownrigg as had Isham Harrison, but Featherston had appointed a more strongly recommended candidate, Mr. Davis. The letter also contains Featherston's views on slavery.