Walter Leake

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Walter D. Leake
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3rd Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 7, 1822 November 17, 1825
Lieutenant David Dickson
Gerard Brandon
Preceded by George Poindexter
Succeeded by Gerard Brandon
United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
December 10, 1817 May 15, 1820
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded by David Holmes
Personal details
Born(1762-05-20)May 20, 1762
Albemarle County, Colony of Virginia, British America
DiedNovember 6, 1825(1825-11-06) (aged 63)
Hinds County, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Republican

Walter Daniel Leake (May 20, 1762 November 6, 1825) served as a United States Senator from Mississippi (1817–1820) and as third Governor of Mississippi (1822–1825). He was the first Governor of Mississippi to die in office.

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Early life

Walter Leake was born on May 20, 1762 in Albemarle County in the Colony of Virginia. [1] He was the son of Captain Mask Leake and nephew of Rev. Samuel Leake (Princeton University graduate and a member of the first Board of Trustees of Hampden–Sydney College), an ancestor of Senator John McCain of Arizona.

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He served in the United States Senate from 1817 to 1820. He was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1821, [2] and went on to serve as the Governor of Mississippi from 1822 to 1825. [1]

Personal life

His daughter, Susan Wingfield Leake, married in 1807 Henry Goodloe Johnston of Spotsylvania County, Virginia and was an ancestor of Haley Reeves Barbour, the former Governor of Mississippi. [3]

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Leake County, Mississippi, as well as Leakesville, Mississippi are named for him. [4]

Leake County, Mississippi U.S. county in Mississippi

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  1. 1 2 Thomas H. Somorville, "A Sketch of the Supreme Court of Mississippi", in Horace W. Fuller, ed., The Green Bag , Vol. XI (1899), p. 505.
  2. Franklin Lafayette Riley, School History of Mississippi: For Use in Public and Private Schools (1915), p. 380-82.
  3. The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Volume 11 (Google eBook) (Virginia Historical Society, 1903)
  4. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 183.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Position established
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi
Served alongside: Thomas H. Williams
Succeeded by
David Holmes
Political offices
Preceded by
George Poindexter
Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Gerard Brandon