Mississippi Department of Archives and History
LEAKE, Walter (1762-1825)

LEAKE, WALTER, a Senator from Mississippi; born in Albemarle County, Va., May 25, 1762; served in the Revolutionary War; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced; appointed by President Thomas Jefferson one of the United States judges for Mississippi Territory in 1807; moved to Hinds County, Miss., and engaged in the practice of law; upon the admission of Mississippi as a State into the Union was elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from December 10, 1817, to May 15, 1820, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixteenth Congress); appointed United States marshal for the district of Mississippi in 1820; Governor of Mississippi 1821-1825; died in Mount Salus, Hinds County, Miss., November 17, 1825.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in John Quincy Adams papers, 1796-1848 (bulk 1820-1848).

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Jackson, MS
Papers: 1807-1824. 4 boxes, 1 volume. Correspondence, appointments, journals, resignations, and commissions.

  • Fike, Claude E. "The Administration of Walter Leake (1822-1825).'' Journal of Mississippi History 32 (May 1970): 103-15.