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Fielding Wright

Fielding Wright was an American politician who served as the Governor of Mississippi from 1946 to 1952. He was born on May 18, 1895, in Jefferson County, Mississippi, and died on March 5, 1956, in Jackson, Mississippi. Wright was a member of the Democratic Party and played a significant role in shaping the political landscape of Mississippi during his tenure as Governor. Wright was educated at the University of Mississippi and later served in World War I. After the war, he returned to Mississippi and began his political career as a member of the state legislature. He went on to serve as the Speaker of the House before being elected Governor in 1946.

As Governor, Wright focused on improving education and infrastructure in Mississippi. He worked to increase funding for public schools and universities and oversaw the construction of new highways and bridges. He also established the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, which was tasked with investigating civil rights organizations and their members.

Wright’s tenure as Governor was not without controversy. He was criticized for his opposition to desegregation and his support of segregationist policies. He was also accused of using state funds for personal expenses. Despite these criticisms, Wright remained a popular figure in Mississippi politics. He was re-elected to a second term as Governor in 1949 and later ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate. In addition to his political career, Wright was also a successful businessman. He owned several businesses in Mississippi, including a chain of grocery stores and a radio station.

Wright’s legacy in Mississippi politics is complex. While he is remembered for his contributions to education and infrastructure, his support of segregationist policies remains a stain on his record. Nevertheless, his impact on the state of Mississippi cannot be denied, and his contributions to the political landscape of the state will not be forgotten.

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