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The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817$
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Robert V. Haynes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125770

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125770.001.0001

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The Williams Imbroglio

The Williams Imbroglio

(p.167) Chapter 9 The Williams Imbroglio
The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

Robert V. Haynes

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses Governor Williams' other critics, one of whom was Secretary Mead. He accused Williams of favoritism towards General James Wilkinson, the star witness in the trial of Aaron Burr. The acrimony between these two officials began in late January 1807, when Williams returned to the Natchez District. Soon enough an anti-Williams faction was formed, which included George Poindexter and Ferdinand L. Claiborne, who resorted to criticizing Williams through the Mississippi Messenger. In the end, Williams won the first round against his staunch critics when President Jefferson reappointed him as governor. However, he was unaware that his reappointment was done out of convenience rather than conviction.

Keywords:   Governor Williams, critics, Secretary Mead, anti-Williams faction, Mississippi Messenger

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