Holmes served from 1817 to 1820.Link to the catalog
March 1, 1817: President James Monroe signs enabling act admitting Mississippi to Union
The western part of the Mississippi Territory became a state, and the eastern half became the Alabama Territory.Link to the catalog
July 1817: Mississippi holds first constitutional convention
Assembled in Washington, Mississippi, 48 delegates wrote a conservative document concentrating power in the hands of the privileged few. According to the constitution, only white property owners or members of the militia would have the right to vote in the new state of Mississippi.Link to the catalog
December 10, 1817: Mississippi becomes twentieth state
The United States House and Senate adopted the new constitution, and on December 10 President Monroe signed a joint resolution admitting Mississippi as a state. Natchez was designated state capital, and territorial governor David Holmes was elected Mississippi’s first governor.