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ALCORN, James Lusk, statesman, born near Golconda, Illinois, 4 November 1816. He early removed to Kentucky, and was educated at Cumberland College. For five years he was deputy sheriff of Livingston County, Kentucky, and in 1843 was elected to the legislature. In 1844 he removed to Mississippi and began the practice of law. From 1846 to 1865 he served in one branch or the other of the legislature. In 1852 he was chosen elector- at -large on the Scott ticket, and in 1857 was nominated as governor by the Whigs. This he declined, and was a candidate for congress in that year, but was defeated by L. Q. C. Lamar. He was the founder of the levee system in his state, and in 1858 he became president of the levee board of the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta. In 1861 he was elected Brigadier-General by the state convention, of which he was a member, but Jefferson Davis refused his commission on account of old political differences. He was elected to the United States senate in 1865, but was not allowed to take his seat. He was elected governor in 1869 on the republican ticket, from which office he resigned on being elected to the United States senate, where he served for six years, from 4 December 1871. In 1873 he was defeated as independent candidate for governor of his state.
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