Governor David Holmes
The house takes its name from its most famous owner, Gov. David Holmes.
David Holmes was appointed the Territorial Governor of Mississippi by Thomas Jefferson in 1809. He was a life-long bachelor, born on March 10, 1769, York County, Pennsylvania and grew up in Frederick County, Virginia where his father was a merchant. He practiced law in Williamsburg, VA and was elected to Congress in 1797 as a Jefferson Republican, serving six consecutive terms. He ended his service as a congressman when he was appointed the governor of the new Mississippi Territory in 1809.
In the state’s first election, David Holmes ran unopposed and served from 1817 until 1820. He was a popular Governor known for his strong administrative skills - exactly what the newly formed State needed. After his first term as Governor he was elected as a Senator from Mississippi until he subsequently resigned in 1825 to run for a second term as Governor. In that campaign he was overwhelmingly elected but poor health forced him to resign in 1826 and returned to Winchester, VA to recuperate. He died 6 years later on August 20, 1832 and is buried in the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Va.
David Holmes purchased the Gov. Holmes House in 1821, which was located in the area above the Mississippi bluff known as "Spanish Corner" and lived here until 1826. He continued to own the property until his death when the house was sold in 1832 per the direction of his Will. David Holmes had no heirs.
Governor Holmes House is a private home and not open for public tours except during the Spring Pilgrimage in March. During this annual event guests are treated with a tour of the home, courtyard and have the opportunity to meet the owners, as well as certain select historical personalities that lived or visited Natchez in the early 1800's. This "Living History" program features such individuals as David Holmes, Andrew Jackson, the Black Swan of Natchez and many others. On select days you might even get to dance the Patty Cake Polka with Andrew Jackson in the courtyard!
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