Tilghman M. Tucker: Thirteenth Governor of Mississippi: 1842-1844
Governor Tilghman Tucker and his wife, Sarah F. McBee, were the first residents of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion and because of the formal opening of the mansion, his inauguration on January 10, 1842, was especially festive. But Governor Tucker was a plain man of simple tastes. He did not enjoy the ceremonial and social trappings of public office, and, to the great disappointment of Jackson residents, Governor Tucker and Mississippi’s First Lady rarely entertained at the mansion.
Like many of his contemporaries, Tucker migrated to Mississippi, by way
of Alabama, from North Carolina where he was born February 2, 1802. As
a young man Tucker was a blacksmith, but he gave up that trade to read
law under Judge Daniel W. Wright in Hamilton, the original county seat
of old Monroe County. After his admission to the bar, Tucker opened a
law office at Columbus, the county seat of recently established Lowndes
David Sansing, Ph.D., is professor of history emeritus, University of Mississippi.
Posted December 2003
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