History of the 1st District

Voters in the 1st Congressional District begin the process March 11 of electing the next full-term person to represent them in the U.S. House.

The history standing behind the March 11 voting – and a special election April 22 to fill the remaining months in former Rep. Roger Wicker’s seventh term – includes some of the most prominent congressmen of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Mississippi State University’s noted political scientist, Marty Wiseman, said the 1st District “certainly has had its share of influential people.”

So far, 12 different people have served from the 1st District since its creation in 1846, with one man, L.Q.C. Lamar, serving terms before and after the Civil War.

NE MS Daily Journal