Marx, Leopold

Leopold Marx was a Jewish immigrant who emigrated from Germany to avoid the draft. He settled in Mississippi and began to purchase land in what was at the time Tunica County. He faced great discrimination for his Jewish heritage, but managed to purchase a great deal of land in spite of this. He was elected to the Tunica County legislature, and in 1877 passed a bill to create Quitman County out of the area he settled in. The seat of the county, Marks, MS is named after him.

Sources:
Quitman County Site
Quitman County Genealogy & History Network
Turitz, Leo, and Evelyn Turitz. Jews in Early Mississippi. 2nd ed. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995. Print.