A few years before the death of Col. Aaron Burr, a lawyer from Natchez paid him a visit in New York City.
A hundred years ago, the historic old cypress cabin still stood. But today it seems certain that the weathered structure has long ago vanished from the Jefferson County, Miss., landscape.
At Longwood in Natchez during the summer of 1850, 41-year-old Seargent Smith Prentiss spent his final days in a room populated by his loving wife, Mary, and friends. The fragrance of roses filled the air.
Seargent S. Prentiss, the famous lawyer and orator of the 19th century who hailed from Maine, was dying in 1850. He was only 47, but chronic cholera had taken its toll.
In January 1848, Seargent S. Prentiss – a Maine native, who practiced law in Natchez and Vicksburg before relocating to New Orleans – was challenged to a duel by the grandson of Henry Clay, the revered orator and statesman from Kentucky. Clay served three terms as U.S. Speaker of the House y…
In December 1848, an epidemic of cholera plagued New Orleans where Seargent S. Prentiss had recently moved. Prentiss, too, had fallen victim to the scourge, at one point coming very close to death.
On March 3, 1842, Seargent S. Prentiss – then a Vicksburg lawyer – married Mary Jane Williams of Natchez. Mary’s father was the late James C. Williams, owner of Longwood plantation.
On the Fourth of July 1835, a Warren County militia group in Vicksburg, Miss., joined local citizens there in celebrating American independence.
In the days when lawyers banded together two centuries ago to travel from court to court in Mississippi – before the days of the railroad – they traveled together on horseback.
Seargent S. Prentiss would live only 41 years before his death in Natchez in 1850. But during those four decades he excelled at many things – as a lawyer, politician and public speaker. He also made – and lost – a lot of money.
“At this time there stood, near the Woodville road, about two miles southeast of Natchez, a plain country mansion, surrounded by the primeval forest, but its natural beauty was enhanced by art and cultivation. I know not whether it took its name from the prison home of Napoleon, but it was s…
Seargent S. Prentiss, a native of Maine who moved to Natchez at age 19 in 1827, later relocated to Vicksburg, a new town on the Mississippi that experienced rapid growth during the 1820s-30s.
We should be used to it by now. The $1-trillion infrastructure bill the U.S. Senate passed Tuesday gave Louisiana the short shrift. There’s no other way to describe it though Louisiana’s senior senator, Bill Cassidy, would have us believe he’s the man of the hour.
In 1833, Mississippi attorney Seargent S. Prentiss went to Washington City to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that had a Catahoula Parish, La., connection.
"I got on the Sultana at Fort Adams when S. S. Prentiss was aboard on his bridal trip—married that morning at Natchez, and the whole bridal troupe went down to New Orleans,” recalled Dr. A.R. Kilpatrick, a Black River planter in Concordia Parish in a letter years after the event to historian…
Seargent Smith Prentiss, who arrived in Natchez from Maine at the age of 19 in 1827, was destined to become one of the most popular leaders of Mississippi during his era and one of the most powerful orators in the country’s history.
Thirty years ago, then-Gov. Buddy Roemer vetoed legislation aimed at curbing abortions in Louisiana. Lawmakers overrode the veto. Two years later, lawmakers overrode a veto issued by then-Gov. Edwin Edwards that concerned a flap over funding for the state Attorney General’s office.
In 1828, Seargent Smith Prentiss began a brief stint as a school teacher at Rokeby, the name of a home and plantation along Fairchild’s Creek in southern Jefferson County not far from Church Hill, Mississippi.
In a matter of about 24 hours, LSU seemingly made a problem go away when an embattled chancellor was reinstated and then resigned amid a narrative that he was as innocent and pure as the Virgin Mary.
In last week’s spotlight, I wrote about the upcoming grant workshop that Franklin Parish Economic Development would be hosting on last Friday, June 11. I think that the workshop was a huge success for many reasons, but mostly because of our supportive community and that is what I want to spo…
The Louisiana Legislature is in the final throes of its fiscal-only session and to date the only substantive matter lawmakers have approved was a $37-billion budget, which is saying something.
The man who was responsible for laying the groundwork for LSU to become one of the better publicly funded universities in the country died last week in Baton Rouge at the age of 83.
In Texas in March 1801, Philip Nolan warned his men: Fight for a chance to escape. Otherwise, the Spanish will put you in chains and imprison you for life.
The pandemic this past year has been challenging for so many, and in so many ways. This week I want to spotlight and provide hope to those who have suffered tremendous stress and difficulty this past year: the restaurants and food industry.
Few men were as well known among the movers and shakers in the new American government in the Mississippi Territory than an enslaved man named Cesar, who could speak and interpret the languages of the Native Americans, particularly the Choctaw.
In south Texas in 1846 during the Mexican-American War, a young Army lieutenant observed mustang herds so large that he didn’t think all of the animals could “have been corralled in the State of Rhode Island, or Delaware, at one time.”
I have several things to educate you on this week, all revolving on the important subject of our workforce. I want to spotlight things we are doing here locally to develop our workforce.
When I first started as the Economic Development Coordinator, I attended a 4-day Basic Economic Development Course through LIDEA (Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association). This allowed me to see the many diverse areas involved with economic development.
As you know by now, my title is “Economic Development Coordinator” for Franklin Parish. As I have been out meeting people and interacting with the community, I have been saying that phrase a lot. Then I started thinking, how many people know what ‘economic development’ means? Maybe you do, a…
Irish-born Philip Nolan was drawn to the American frontier. In fact, during the 1790s, he may have been one of the most active frontiersmen in the country.