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McNUTT, Alexander Gallatin, governor of Mississippi, born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, 12 September, 1801; died in De Soto county, Mississippi, 22 October, 1848. He was educated at Washington college, Virginia, emigrated to Mississippi in 1828, settled in Vicksburg in the practice of law, and soon established a reputation as a political speaker. He was in the legislature for several years, speaker of the senate in 1837, and governor the next year. During his legislative career he secured the right of representation to the counties that were formed out of the Chickasaw and Choctaw cessions. Sergeant S. Prentiss opposed this measure, and subsequently attacked him in a series of brilliant speeches in 1838, during Prentiss's canvass for congress, MnNutt's slovenly dress and intemperate habits forming a target for the former's wit. McNutt subsequently reformed, and accumulated a large fortune from his practice. He was a Democrat in polities, and yielded in debate to none but Prentiss, whom, after the canvass of 1838, he resolutely refused ever to meet on the "stump."
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