About Us | 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
Daniel Williams
John A. Grimball
D.C. Dickson
Barry W. Benson
David Dickson
T.B. Woodward
L.G. Galloway
Wilson Hemingway
Samuel Stamps
Joseph Bell
James A. Horne
William H. Muse
A.B. Dilworth
B.R. Webb
C.A. Brougher
A. Warner
Henry Musgrove

Term
1817-1821
1821-1833
1833-1835
1835-1837
1837-1839
1839-1841
1841-1843
1843-1847
1847-1850
1850-1852
1852-1854
1854-1855
1855-1860
1860
1860-1865
1865-1869
1869

Name
James Lynch
Hiram R. Revels
H.C. Carter
M.M. McLeod
H.C. Carter
James Hill
Kinloch Falconer
D.P. Porter
Henry C. Myers
George M. Govan
John Logan Power
Joseph Withers Power
Walker Wood
Heber Austin Ladner
Edwin Lloyd (Ed) Pittman
Dick Molpus
Eric Clark

Term
1869-1872
1872-1873
1873
1873
1873-1874
1874-1878
1878
1878
1878-1886
1886-1896
1896-1901
1901-1926
1926-1948
1948-1980
1980-1984
1984-1996
1996-2008

C. Delbert Hosemann, Jr.
2008-Present



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