Gerard Brandon

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Gerard Chittocque Brandon
Gerard Chittocque Brandon.jpg
Governor of Mississippi
In office
November 17, 1825 – January 7, 1826
In office
July 25, 1826 – January 9, 1832
Personal details
Born September 15, 1788
Natchez, Mississippi
Died March 28, 1850
Resting place Columbian Springs Plantation, Wilkinson County, Mississippi
Nationality American
Alma mater Princeton University

College of William & Mary

Gerard Chittocque Brandon (September 15, 1788 – March 28, 1850) was an American political leader who twice served as Governor of Mississippi during its early years of statehood.

Early life and education[edit]

Gerard Brandon was the son of Irish immigrant, Gerard Chittocque Brandon, who established and ran Selma Plantation in Adams County, Mississippi and Dorothy Nugent, the daughter of Irish immigrants Matthew Nugent and Isabel MacBray. The couple moved to Mississippi from South Carolina sometime in 1785.[1]

Brandon was born September 15, 1788 in Natchez, Mississippi, the second child and first son of the family. He was educated at Princeton University and William and Mary College, and served in the War of 1812. He later practiced law at Washington, Mississippi and was a successful planter, following his father's footsteps, in Adams County, Mississippi.

He married Margaret Chambers on January 18, 1816 in Bardstown, Kentucky. After Margaret's death in June 1820, Gerard married Betsy Stanton on July 12, 1824 in Adams County, Mississippi. The governor had a total of eight children with his two wives.

Brandon died, at the age of 62, on March 28, 1850 and was buried in a private family cemetery at his Columbian Springs Plantation in Wilkinson County, Mississippi.

Political life[edit]

A delegate to the constitutional conventions of 1817 and 1832, Gerard Brandon also helped draft Mississippi's first two constitutions. He served in the Mississippi Legislature and was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1822.

Brandon became governor of Mississippi for the first time upon the death of Walter Leake, serving from Leake's death on November 17, 1825 until January 7, 1826, when David Holmes, the last territorial governor and first governor of the State of Mississippi was again inaugurated as governor.

Brandon became governor of Mississippi again on July 25, 1826 and served until January 9, 1832.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mississippi Governor Gerard Chittocque Brandon". National Governors Association. Retrieved December 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Leake
Governor of Mississippi
1825–1826
Succeeded by
David Holmes
Preceded by
David Holmes
Governor of Mississippi
1826–1832
Succeeded by
Abram M. Scott