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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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“His Yankeeship”

“His Yankeeship”

(p.27) Chapter 2 “His Yankeeship”
The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

Robert V. Haynes

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the arrival of the first governor of the Natchez District, Winthrop Sargent, whom the settlers called “His Yankeeship”. He is described as being rather temperamental, and his efforts to organize the militia and the names of his appointees were met with mixed reviews. His other efforts were also considered controversial, such as his decision to create a probate court to administer estates, grant letters of administration, and a host of other functions. Until his impeachment as the governor of the Natchez District, most of Sargent's activities and efforts centered on the militia and upholding the law.

Keywords:   first governor, Natchez District, Winthrop Sargent, His Yankeeship, militia, appointees, probate court

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