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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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Frontier Democracy, Republican Style

Frontier Democracy, Republican Style

(p.49) Chapter 3 Frontier Democracy, Republican Style
The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier 1795–1817

Robert V. Haynes

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the second governor of the Natchez District, William Charles Cole Claiborne. The challenges faced by this twenty-six-year-old governor were different from those of his predecessor, Winthrop Sargent. First, he needed to rally the Mississippians behind the policies of the newly elected and popular President Jefferson, as well as correct the mistakes of his despised predecessor. He was also faced with two immediate problems: an exposed territory that was surrounded by unfriendly Indians and uneasy Spaniards, and an unorganized militia. Compared to Sargent, Claiborne was an eager convert of the new Republican Party, and his reputation as a defender of democracy and as a disciple of Jefferson was appreciated by many.

Keywords:   Natchez District, William Charles Cole Claiborne, policies, Winthrop Sargent, President Jefferson, militia, new Republican Party, democracy

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