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Henry S. Foote
He was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, his ancestor Richard Foote II having settled at Chotank in King George County in 1688. Richard Foote II is Uncle of Topham Foote whose bust and coat of arms greets visitors to St. John The Baptist, the Windsor Parish Church in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. He pursued classical studies in 1819, but did not graduate from Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) to his regret. He later studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1823 and commenced practice in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1825. In Tuscumbia, Foote established a newspaper, frequently loaned books from his personal library, and was one of 21 local trustees who founded in 1830 LaGrange College, now the University of North Alabama. LaGrange College was the first in Alabama. In 1826 he moved to Mississippi and practiced law in Jackson, Natchez, Vicksburg, and Raymond. He was later elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1847, until January 8, 1852, when he resigned to become Governor after defeating Jefferson Davis in the election of 1851. In 1854, after his period as governor, he moved to California. A few years later, in 1858, he returned to Vicksburg. In 1859 he was a member of the Southern convention held at Knoxville. He later moved to Tennessee and settled near Nashville, where he was elected to the First and Second Confederate Congresses. As a Confederate Congressman, he mercilessly assailed Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin, displaying virulent anti-Semitism in attacking Benjamin's ethnicity as well as his policies. Afterwards he moved to Washington, D.C., and practiced law. He was appointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes as superintendent of the United States Mint at New Orleans 1878-1880. He died in Nashville on May 20, 1880.
The Foote Family website is http://www.chotank.com.
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