FOOTE, HENRY STUART
FOOTE, HENRY STUART (1804–1880). Henry Stuart Foote, politician and historian, the son of Richard Helm and Catherine (Stuart) Foote, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, on February 28, 1804. He attended Georgetown College and Washington University, studied law at Warrenton, Virginia, and was admitted to the bar in 1823. As a lawyer and newspaper editor he lived in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and in Jackson, Natchez, Vicksburg, and Raymond, Mississippi. In 1839, while a member of the House of the Mississippi legislature, he visited Texas and subsequently wrote his first book, Texas and the Texans (2 volumes, 1841). As a member of the United States Senate, Foote defended the Compromise of 1850. In 1851 he defeated Jefferson Davis for the governorship of Mississippi on a Unionist ticket. He resigned the governorship five days before the end of his term and moved to California. In 1858 he returned to Mississippi, but his Unionist sympathies caused him to move on to Tennessee. He became a member of the House of the Confederate States Congress but resigned when that group rejected Abraham Lincoln's peace proposals. He was in Europe during the Civil War. His War of the Rebellion (1866) was an effort to justify his part in the war. He also wrote Casket of Reminiscences (1874) and Bench and Bar in the South and Southwest (1876). Foote married Elizabeth Winters in Tuscumbia, Alabama. After her death he married Mrs. Rachel D. Smiley of Nashville, Tennessee. He died in Nashville on May 20, 1880.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "Foote, Henry Stuart," accessed February 21, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffo07.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.