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Abram Marshall Scott

Gov. Abram Marshall Scott

  • January 9, 1832 - June 12, 1833
  • Democratic
  • January 1, 1785
  • June 12, 1833
  • South Carolina
  • Married Susan Gray; three children
  • National Guard


ABRAM M. SCOTT, the seventh governor of Mississippi, was born in Edgefield District, South Carolina in 1785. His education was limited and attained in the common schools of his native state. After moving to Mississippi, he served as a lieutenant in the 1st Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers, during the War of 1812. Scott first entered politics as a member of the 1817 Mississippi Constitutional Convention. He also served as a member of the Mississippi State Senate in 1822 and from 1826 to 1827; and was the lieutenant governor of Mississippi from 1828 to 1830. Scott next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He was elected governor by a popular vote in August 1831 and was sworn into office on January 9, 1832. During his tenure, a new constitution was sanctioned that restructured state government and eliminated the office of lieutenant governor. Also, the Agriculture Bank was chartered; and the state acquired land from the Chickasaw Indians. Scott lost his 1833 reelection bid to Hiram Runnels. The election was contested and Scott remained in office. However, a month after the election, Governor Abram M. Scott contracted cholera and passed away on June 12, 1833. He was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi.

*Note: exact month and date of birth are not known.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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