Charles Lynch (politician)

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Charles Lynch

Charles Lynch (1783 – February 9, 1853) was a Democratic and Whig politician who served as Governor of Mississippi.


Charles Lynch was born in Shelby County, Kentucky in 1783. He was educated in Kentucky, became a farmer, and lived in Sumter, South Carolina before moving to Monticello, Mississippi. Originally a Democrat, he was appointed Lawrence County Judge of Probate in 1821. He was elected to the Mississippi State Senate and served from 1825 to 1827. In 1831 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor, and in 1832 he was a Delegate to the state constitutional convention.

Lynch returned to the Mississippi Senate in 1833. He was elected President of the Senate and in June 1833 he succeeded Governor Abram L. Scott, who had died in office. He completed Scott's term, serving until November 1833, when he was succeeded by Hiram Runnels.

In 1835 Lynch, now a Whig, ran successfully for Governor. He took office in January 1836 and served a two-year term. During his tenure Mississippi became involved in central banking through the chartering of the Union Bank. In addition, 10 new counties were formed. The Panic of 1837 had a negative effect on Mississippi's economy, and Lynch did not run for reelection.

After his term expired in January 1838, Lynch remained active in government as the state's Commissioner of Public Buildings. He was also active in business as President of the Alabama and Mississippi Railroad and Bank.

He died in Monticello February 9, 1853, and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi.


Political offices
Preceded by
Abram M. Scott
Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Hiram Runnels
Preceded by
John A. Quitman
Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Alexander G. McNutt