Henry L. Whitfield

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Henry Lewis Whitfield
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41st Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 22, 1924 – March 18, 1927
Lieutenant Dennis Murphree
Preceded by Lee M. Russell
Succeeded by Dennis Murphree
Personal details
Born (1868-06-20)June 20, 1868
near Brandon, Mississippi
Died March 18, 1927(1927-03-18) (aged 58)
Jackson, Mississippi
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Damper White
Profession Teacher
Religion Baptist

Henry Lewis Whitfield (June 20, 1868 – March 18, 1927) was an American politician who was Governor of Mississippi from 1924 until his death.

Biography[edit]

Whitfield was born in Rankin County, Mississippi. He began his teaching career at the age of sixteen. Whitfield obtained his teaching degree in 1895 from the Mississippi College and was appointed to be state superintendent of education by Governor Anselm J. McLaurin in 1898. He was re-elected to the post in 1899 and 1903. Whitfield was appointed President of Industrial Institute and College in 1907. The college experienced growth under his leadership.

Whitfield was elected Governor in 1923, narrowly defeating Theodore G. Bilbo. This was also the first election in which women could vote for the governor.

As Governor, Whitfield recommended various progressive programs such as improving the mental health care system and improving the public schools.

In 1926, Whitfield fell ill. He went to Memphis, Tennessee for treatment and returned to Jackson, Mississippi. While he was able to conduct business, his condition became worse and he died in the Governor's Mansion. He is buried at the Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Mississippi.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lee M. Russell
Governor of Mississippi
1924-1927
Succeeded by
Dennis Murphree