John J. McRae

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John J. McRae
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's 5th district
In office
December 7, 1858 January 12, 1861
Preceded by John A. Quitman
Succeeded by Legrand W. Perce
21st Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 10, 1854 November 16, 1857
Preceded by John J. Pettus
Succeeded by William McWillie
United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
December 1, 1851 March 17, 1852
Preceded by Jefferson Davis
Succeeded by Stephen Adams
Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
In office
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John Jones McRae

(1815-01-10)January 10, 1815
Sneedsboro, North Carolina
DiedMay 31, 1868(1868-05-31) (aged 53)
Belize City, British Honduras (now Belize)
Political party Democratic

John Jones McRae (January 10, 1815 May 31, 1868) was an American Democratic politician. [1]


McRae was born in Sneedsboro, North Carolina. In 1817, he moved with his parents to Winchester, Mississippi. [2]

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He served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1847 to 1851. [1] During that time, he helped set up the University of Mississippi. [3] He also represented Mississippi in the United States Senate in 1851 and 1852, in the U.S. Congress in the 35th and 36th congresses, and in the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War. [1] He also served as the 21st Governor of Mississippi from 1854 to 1857. [1]

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He died on a visit to British Honduras (now Belize), where his brother Colin J. McRae lived in exile. [3]

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British Honduras was a British Crown colony on the east coast of Central America, south of Mexico, from 1862 to 1964, then a self-governing colony, renamed Belize in June 1973, until September 1981, when it gained full independence as Belize. British Honduras was the last continental possession of the United Kingdom in the Americas.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Colin J. McRae Collection, Columbia, South Carolina: South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
  2. "McRAE, John Jones, (1815 - 1868)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 2014.Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. 1 2 Donald C. Simmons, Jr., Confederate Settlements in British Honduras, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2001, p. 91
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Jefferson Davis
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi
Served alongside: Henry S. Foote, Walker Brooke
Succeeded by
Stephen Adams
Political offices
Preceded by
John J. Pettus
Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
William McWillie
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John A. Quitman
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 5th congressional district

1858 1861
Succeeded by
Legrand W. Perce