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John Anthony Quitman, Mexican War general and Mississippi advocate of secession, dies on his plantation in Natchez


Former Mexican War general, Mississippi governor, and current U.S. congressman, John Anthony Quitman dies on his plantation near Natchez, Mississippi. He is said to be a victim of the notorious "National Hotel Disease" that had recently afflicted Washington, D.C. Though born in New York, Quitman has became a wealthy slave-owner and a tireless advocate of southern slates rights and slave power influence to the point of advocating the re-opening of the Atlantic slave trade and financing filibustering efforts in the Caribbean. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

Robert E. May, "Quitman, John Anthony," American National Biography Online, February 2000,