Ross Barnett

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Birthday
22, 1898
Birthplace
Mississippi
DEATH DATE
Nov 6, 1987 (89)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
22, 1898
Birthplace
Mississippi
DEATH DATE
Nov 6, 1987 (89)

About

Politician and Democrat who was the Governor of Mississippi from 1960 to 1964. During the 1960s, was a staunch supporter of segregation, and was a major catalyst for the Ole Miss riot of 1962.

Before Fame

He was one of the top lawyers in Mississippi, earning more than 100,000 a year in conduction damage lawsuits, which financed his political campaign for governor.

Trivia

In 1962 he refused to enroll a black student, James Meredith, into the University of Mississippi, defying a direct Federal court order; the subsequent clashes near the campus killed several people.

Family Life

He was born in Standing Pine, in Leake County, Mississippi, the youngest of ten children of a Confederate veteran.

Associated With

James H. Meredith was black student who challenged the state's segregation policy with his attempted enrollment into Ole Miss.