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.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Walter Leake was born on May 25, 1762 in Albemarle County, Virginia. He was 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.

Career[edit]

He served in the United States Senate from 1817 to 1820. He went on to serve as the Governor of Mississippi from 1822 to 1825.

Personal life[edit]

His daughter, Susan Wingfield Leake, married in 1807 Henry Goodloe Johnston of Spotsylvania County, Virginia and was an ancestor of Haley Reeves Barbour, the former Governor of Mississippi.[1]

Legacy[edit]

Leake County, Mississippi, as well as Leakesville, Mississippi are named for him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Volume 11 (Google eBook) (Virginia Historical Society, 1903)
United States Senate
Preceded by
None
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi
1817–1820
Served alongside: Thomas H. Williams
Succeeded by
David Holmes
Political offices
Preceded by
George Poindexter
Governor of Mississippi
1822–1825
Succeeded by
Gerard Brandon