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Winthrop Sargent
Birth: May 1, 1753
Gloucester
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 1820
Louisiana, USA

Governor of Mississippi Territory. A Harvard graduate, Sargent began his career as captain of a merchant vessel owned by his father. In 1775 he enlisted in the army and served for eight years, rising during the Revolutionary War from Lieutenant to Brevet-Major. He served as Secretary of the Northwest Territory from 1787 to 1798 and then was appointed Governor of the Mississippi Territory. A Federalist, Sargent faced strong political opposition during his tenure as Governor and was generally unpopular with the people. He was replaced as Governor in 1801 but chose to remain in Mississippi rather than returning to the Northeast. Having married a wealthy widow, Sargent was able to live in the high style of early-nineteenth-century Natchez, enjoying a planter's life at Gloucester Plantation and engaging in a wide range of hobbies, from studying the stages of the Mississippi River to digging in Indian mounds to collecting fine art. Sargent died at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, not far from New Orleans. There is some question about whether he was in fact buried or whether the monument in Gloucester Cemetery is a cenotaph. (bio by: NatalieMaynor) 
 
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  Rowena Tupper Sargeant (1766 - 1790)*
 
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Burial:
Sargent Cemetery
Natchez
Adams County
Mississippi, USA
 
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Originally Created by: NatalieMaynor
Record added: Feb 28, 2008
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Winthrop Sargent
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- elaine bailey
 Added: May. 1, 2013
I light a candle for Winthrop Sargent ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
Winthrop Sargent was appointed the "first" governor of the Mississippi Territory in 1798.
- gen2003
 Added: Dec. 13, 2011
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