McWILLIE, William (1795-1869)

MCWILLIE, WILLIAM, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Kershaw District, S.C., November 17, 1795; served in the War of 1812 as adjutant in his father's regiment; was graduated from South Carolina College in 1817; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Camden, S.C.; president of the Camden Bank in 1836; member of the State senate 1836-1840; moved to Madison County, Miss., in September 1845 and engaged in planting; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Thirty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; Governor of Mississippi 1858-1860; active in the support of the Confederacy; died on his estate ``Kirkwood,'' Madison County, Miss., March 3, 1869; interment in St. Philip's Churchyard.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Jackson, MS
Papers: 1857-1859. In Governors' papers.
Official correspondence and documents.

Papers: In McWillie-Compton family papers, undated and 1721-1938. ca. 250 items and 10 volumes.
Includes family correspondence, papers relating to his plantation, Civil War letters, diary, and scrapbook.