| United States Senator |
March 4, 1839 –March 4, 1845
|Preceded by||Thomas H. Williams|
|Succeeded by||Jesse Speight|
|Member of the Mississippi Senate|
|Born||February 28, 1797|
Cumberland County, New Jersey
|Died||September 15, 1857 60) (aged|
Pass Christian, Mississippi
|Profession||Politician, Lawyer, Flatboatman|
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Thomas H. Williams
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi |
March 4, 1839 – March 4, 1845
Served alongside: Robert J. Walker
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