History of the MS Secretary of State

The establishment of Office of the Secretary of State was initially formed in the original Mississippi Constitution of 1817, Article IV, Section 14, which states:

A Secretary of State shall be appointed, who shall continue in office during the term of two years. He shall keep a fair register of all the official acts and proceedings of the Governor, and shall, when required, lay the same, and all papers, minutes, and vouchers relative thereto, before the General Assembly, and shall perform such other duties as may be required by law.”

The duties and description of Office of the Secretary of State were later modified in the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Article V, Section 133, which states:

There shall be a Secretary of State, who shall be elected as herein provided. He shall be at least twenty-five years of age, a citizen of the state five years preceding the day of his election, and he shall continue in office during the term of four years, and shall be keeper of the capitol; he shall keep a correct register of all official acts and proceedings of the Governor; and shall, when required, lay the same, and all papers, minutes, and vouchers relative thereto, before the Legislature, and he shall perform such other duties as may be required of him by law. He shall receive such compensation as shall be prescribed.”

On Dec. 10, 1817, Mississippi joined the Union and became the 20th state. Since that time, Mississippi has had thirty-five Secretaries of State. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is only the eighth Secretary of State since 1900.

The following is a list of Secretaries of State from 1817-2008:

Name Term
Daniel Williams 1817-1821
John A. Grimball 1821-1833
D.C. Dickson 1833-1835
Barry W. Benson 1835-1837
David Dickson 1837-1839
T.B. Woodward 1839-1841
L.G. Galloway 1841-1843
Wilson Hemingway 1843-1847
Samuel Stamps 1847-1850
Joseph Bell 1850-1852
James A. Horne 1852-1854
William H. Muse 1854-1855
A.B. Dilworth 1855-1860
B.R. Webb 1860
C.A. Brougher 1860-1865
A. Warner 1865-1869
Henry Musgrove 1869
Name Term
James Lynch 1869-1872
Hiram R. Revels 1872-1873
H.C. Carter 1873
M.M. McLeod 1873
H.C. Carter 1873-1874
James Hill 1874-1878
Kinloch Falconer 1878
D.P. Porter 1878
Henry C. Myers 1878-1886
George M. Govan 1886-1896
John Logan Power 1896-1901
Joseph Withers Power 1901-1926
Walker Wood 1926-1948
Heber Austin Ladner 1948-1980
Edwin Lloyd (Ed) Pittman 1980-1984
Dick Molpus 1984-1996
Eric Clark 1996-2008

C. Delbert Hoseman, Jr.

2008-Present

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