Walter Leake

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Walter Leake
Walter Leake.jpg
United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
December 10, 1817 – May 15, 1820
Preceded by (none)
Succeeded by David Holmes
Personal details
Born (1762-05-25)May 25, 1762
Albemarle County, Virginia
Died November 17, 1825(1825-11-17) (aged 63)
Hinds County, Mississippi
Political party Democratic-Republican

Walter Leake (May 25, 1762 – November 17, 1825) served as a United States Senator from Mississippi (1817–1820) and as third Governor of Mississippi (1822–1825).

He was the first Governor of Mississippi to die in office. Leake County, Mississippi, as well as Leakesville, Mississippi are named for him.

A native Virginian, he was born in 1762 in Albemarle County, Virginia, the son of Captain Mask Leake and nephew of Rev. Samuel Leake (Princeton University graduate and a member of the first Board of Trustees of Hampden-Sydney College), an ancestor of Senator John McCain of Arizona. Walter Leake's daughter, Susan Wingfield Leake, married 1807 Henry Goodloe Johnston of Spotsylvania County, Virginia and was an ancestor of Haley Reeves Barbour, the former Governor of Mississippi.[1]


  1. ^ The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Volume 11 (Google eBook) (Virginia Historical Society, 1903)
United States Senate
Preceded by
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi
Served alongside: Thomas H. Williams
Succeeded by
David Holmes
Political offices
Preceded by
George Poindexter
Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Gerard Brandon