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

07/17/1858

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, http://www.anb.org/articles/03/03-00408.html.

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