1916: Mississippi State Sanatorium for Tuberculosis established in Simpson County
1916: Theodore Bilbo becomes Mississippi’s thirty-ninth governor
1916: Legislature establishes state’s first Highway Commission
At Governor Bilbo’s urging, the legislature appropriated $6,500 per year for road construction in 1916 and 1917.
1916: Suffrage movement gains foothold in Mississippi
Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Women’s Christian Temperance Union joined forces to work on behalf of women’s suffrage in Mississippi.
1916: High school student builds Mississippi’s earliest known radio
John H. England of West Point is credited with this technological advance.