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Louis Kossuth Atwood, Prominent Mississippi Negro, Dies

Funeral services for Louis Kossuth Atwood, one of Mississippi's greatest negro citizens, will be held from the Central Methodist church this afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Atwood was born in Alabama, December 15, 1850 of slave parentage and died here January 7.

His parents moved to Ohio while he was a small boy and settled at Ripley where he obtained his primary and secondary education from Lincoln University with the degree Bachelor of Arts, where Atwood was also ordained a Presbyterian minister.

In 1874, Atwood came south and settled at Bolton, Miss., where he engaged in teaching school and later became engaged in the mercantile business. While there Atwood studied law and later engaged in practice there.

Later he moved to Jackson and continued his law practice.

Atwood was the organizer of the Sons and Daughters of Jacob of America, one of the outstanding colored fraternal insurance companies of this country and was grand and supreme head of this organization from 1883 until his death.

Atwood was elected for two terms to the Mississippi legislature in early days when both races sat in that body and was appointed United States internal revenue collector, and was several times a delegate to the republican national convention.

He is survived by his widow to whom he was married 49 years and three daughters, Hertycena Dickson of New York; Ollive McKissack of Denver; and Mary Millsaps of Jackson, and one son, Dr. Mollison Atwood of Jackson.





Clarion-Ledger, “Clarion-Ledger clipping,” Mississippi State University Libraries, accessed December 5, 2023,

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