Pontotoc – People/Persons

Barnett, Ross

Ross Barnett, who was the governor of Mississippi from 1960 to 1964 and vehemently opposed the integration of the University of Mississippi, taught school for two years in the early nineteen twenties in Pontotoc County. He taught math and coached the basketball team.

Sources:

Pontotoc County, Mississippi Genealogy and History. November 2, 2006. www.rootsweb.com/~mspontot/churches/churchlist

Pontotoc Progress, May 27, 1954

Pontotoc Progress, December 30, 1976

Tupelo Journal, August 28, 1969

Tupelo Journal, September 17, 1969

Chochran, Thad

Thad Cochran was born in Pontotoc. He was the first Republican to be elected in Mississippi since Reconstruction.

Sources:

Pontotoc County, Mississippi Genealogy and History. November 2, 2006. www.rootsweb.com/~mspontot/churches/churchlist

Pontotoc Progress, May 27, 1954

Pontotoc Progress, December 30, 1976

Tupelo Journal, August 28, 1969

Tupelo Journal, September 17, 1969