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Ethelbert BARKSDALE

(1824-1893)

BARKSDALE, Ethelbert, (brother of William Barksdale), a Representative from Mississippi; born in Smyrna, Rutherford County, Tenn., January 4, 1824; moved to Jackson, Hinds County, Miss.; adopted journalism as a profession; edited the official journal of the State 1854-1861 and 1876-1883; member of the Confederate Congress 1861-1865; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1860, 1868, 1872, and 1880; chairman of the Democratic State executive committee 1877-1879; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Yazoo County; died in Yazoo City, Miss., February 17, 1893; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Miss.

Bibliography

Peterson, Owen M. “Ethelbert Barksdale in the Democratic National Convention of 1860.” Journal of Mississippi History 14 (October 1952): 257-78.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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