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McRAE, John J., senator, born in Wayne county, Mississippi, about 1810 ; died in Balize, Honduras, 30 May, 1868. He was graduated at the University of Mississippi in 1834, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and served in both houses of the legislature, officiating as speaker for two sessions. He was appointed United States senator from Mississippi as a state-rights Democrat, in place of Jefferson Davis, resigned, and served from 19 December, 1851, till 1 March, 1852. From 1854 till 1858 he was governor of Mississippi. He was then elected a representative to congress in place of John A. Quitman, and was re-elected to the succeeding congress, in which he served on the committee on military affairs, his term extending from 7 December, 1858, till 12 January, 1862, when he retired. He was a representative from Mississippi to the first Confederate congress, serving from 22 February, 1862, till 21 February, 1864.
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