Jeremiah M. P. Williams (Adams County)


Jeremiah M. P. Williams

State Senate: 1870-1874, 1878-1880

Died: June 24, 1884 in Minorville, MS

Baptist minister, formerly enslaved.

“In a widely circulated speech in 1871, State Senator Jeremiah M. P. Williams addressed the conflicting themes of factionalism, democracy, and black office holding. He warned of the growing power of the southern Democratic Party and implored his fellow citizens in Natchez to remain ‘true to one another.'”
(Justin Behrend, Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War, 2015)


Signature of J. M. P. Williams from an 1871 petition to Governor Alcorn

Jeremiah M. P. Williams