|Governor William McWillie|
|Portrait of Governor William McWillie|
|Governor of Mississippi|
|Preceded by||John J. McRae|
|Succeeded by||John J. Pettus|
|United States House of Representatives
|South Carolina State Senate|
November 17, 1795|
Camden, South Carolina, United States
|Died||March 3, 1869
Kirkwood Plantation Madison County, Mississippi
|Resting place||Kirkwood Cemetery, Camden, Mississippi|
|Children||twenty three children|
|Alma mater||University of South Carolina|
|Allegiance|| United States of America (prior to 1861)
Confederate States of America 1861-1865
|Service/branch||United States Army (War of 1812)|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812|
William McWillie (November 17, 1795 – March 3, 1869) was the twenty-second governor of Mississippi from 1857 to 1859. He was a Democrat. McWillie was the last Governor of Mississippi prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War.
He was born near Liberty Hill, Kershaw County, South Carolina, on November 17, 1795. His father Colonel Adam McWillie was in command of a regiment during the War of 1812, and William served as an adjutant in his father's regiment in the war.
He married Nancy Cunningham (1799-1827), and secondly Catherine Anderson (1812–1873), daughter of Dr. Edward H. Anderson of Camden, South Carolina, and granddaughter of a noted officer of the Maryland Line.
Between 1836 and 1840 he served in both the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate. In 1845 he moved to Mississippi. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1849, serving from December 3, 1849 to March 3, 1851. In 1858 he became Governor of Mississippi, serving until 1860. McWillie died in Kirkwood, Madison County, Mississippi, on March 3, 1869. He is buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, near Camden, Mississippi, the town he founded and named for his hometown of Camden, South Carolina.
John J. McRae
|Governor of Mississippi
John J. Pettus