Walter Leake

Walter Leake

Walter Leake (May 25 1769ndash November 17 1825) served as a United States Senator from Mississippi (1817 - 1820) and as Governor of Mississippi (1822 - 1825).

He was the first Governor of Mississippi to die in office.
Leake County, Mississippi, as well as Leakesville, Mississippi are named for him.

A native Virginian, he was born 1762 in Albemarle County, Virginia, the son of Captain Mask Leake and nephew of Rev. Samuel Leake (Princeton University graduate and a member of the first Board of Trustees of Hampden-Sydney College), an ancestor of Senator John McCain of Arizona. Walter Leake's daughter, Susan Wingfield Leake, married 1807 Henry Goodloe Johnston of Spotsylvania Co., VA and was an ancestor of Haley Reeves Barbour, also Governor of Mississippi.

office=Governor of Mississippi
preceded=George Poindexter
succeeded=Gerard Brandon

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