Wall Doxey

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Wall Doxey
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United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
September 29, 1941 January 3, 1943
Preceded by James Eastland
Succeeded by James Eastland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1929 September 28, 1941
Preceded by Bill G. Lowrey
Succeeded by Jamie L. Whitten
19th Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate
In office
February 1, 1943 January 3, 1947
Leader Alben W. Barkley
Preceded by Chesley W. Jurney
Succeeded by Edward F. McGinnis
Personal details
Born(1892-08-08)August 8, 1892
Holly Springs, Mississippi
DiedMarch 2, 1962(1962-03-02) (aged 69)
Memphis, Tennessee
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Mississippi [1]
Political party Democratic
Doxey's grave in Hillcrest Cemetery Grave of Wall Doxey, Hillcrest Cemetery.jpg
Doxey's grave in Hillcrest Cemetery

Wall Doxey (August 8, 1892 March 2, 1962) was an American politician from Holly Springs, Mississippi. He served as a Democrat from Mississippi's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1929 to 1941. After the death of U.S. Senator Pat Harrison, Doxey won a special election to his seat, and served in the United States Senate from 1941 until 1943. He was defeated in the 1942 Democratic primary by James Eastland.

Holly Springs, Mississippi City in Mississippi, United States

Holly Springs is a city in and the county seat of Marshall County, Mississippi, United States at the border with southern Tennessee. Near the Mississippi Delta, the area was developed by European Americans for cotton plantations and was dependent on enslaved Africans. After the American Civil War, many freedmen continued to work in agriculture but as sharecroppers and tenant farmers.

Mississippis 2nd congressional district

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Throughout his political career, Doxey represented a district with a black-majority population, whose political affiliation in the nineteenth century had been with the Republican Party. But, African Americans were effectively excluded from the political system from 1890 to the late 1960s by Mississippi's constitution and restrictions affecting voter registration. Doxey was the only United States Senator to serve also as the Senate Sergeant at Arms. He was appointed to this position after losing his Senate seat, serving from February 1, 1943 to January 3, 1947.

Wall Doxey State Park, a state park in Mississippi, is named after him.

Wall Doxey State Park United States historic place

Wall Doxey State Park is a public recreation area located off Mississippi Highway 7, approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of Holly Springs, Mississippi. The state park is centered around 60-acre (24 ha) Spring Lake.

State park protected area managed at the federated state level

State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the sub-national level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational potential. There are state parks under the administration of the government of each U.S. state, some of the Mexican states, and in Brazil. The term is also used in the Australian state of Victoria. The equivalent term used in Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium, is provincial park. Similar systems of local government maintained parks exist in other countries, but the terminology varies.

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References

  1. "Browse by Cemetery: Hill Crest Cemetery". Find a Grave . Retrieved September 12, 2015.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill G. Lowrey
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 2nd congressional district

1929-1941
Succeeded by
Jamie L. Whitten
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
James Eastland
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Mississippi
1941–1943
Served alongside: Theodore G. Bilbo
Succeeded by
James Eastland
Political offices
Preceded by
Chesley W. Jurney
Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate
1943 - 1947
Succeeded by
Edward F. McGinnis