The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 55
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Mississippi and the Independence of Texas
within the American Union was due in no small degree to this
representative of Mississippi. His entry into public life in the
State of his adoption was attended by interesting circumstances.
By his political rivals he was regarded as an upstart, who was
not overscrupulous in his methods of advancing his political for-
tunes. George Poindexter, who has been pilloried by Claiborne
in his History of Mississippi, was Walker's predecessor in office.
Poindexter had incurred the everlasting enmity of Jackson, and
he on his part never lost an opportunity of hitting back at the
usurpation and tyranny that characterized the government at
Washington. Poindexter had even been charged with being privy
to an attack upon Jackson's life, and by his enemies was branded
as having acted the part of a coward at the battle of New Or-
leans.5" While Jackson's popularity in the South may have rested
upon an artificial basis, no one who had incurred his wrath at
this time in Mississippi could expect any political preferment.
And none knew this better than Poindexter, who in the spring of
1835 was announcing his proposed retirement from public life at
the expiration of his term of office. Walker made the opening
speech of his campaign at Raymond, in Hinds County, in Sep-
tember of this year. According to the Clinton Gazette-an ar-
dent supporter of Judge Hugh L. White, and vehemently opposed
to everything savoring of "caucus management"-a letter of Wal-
ker's to John H. Mallory, of Jackson, was found by the road-
side after the "Raymond defeat." This was published in the
Natchez Courier as the "Glory Letter," inasmuch as the writer
had indulged in statements laudatory of himself which naturally
provoked much criticism from the Whig editors. Highly offen-
sive to the Clinton Gazette were the exhortations to the recipient
to rally the forces of caucusism, to "do the business" of securing
votes for the nominee of the Jackson convention.60 Months be-
fore this, however, Walker's candidacy for the Senate was being
promoted by himself and his supporters. In 1834 the charge was
made against him that he was not a citizen of Mississippi, and
was hence ineligible to succeed Poindexter. Replying to an en-
"'Woodville Republican, March 14, 28, 1835. The last charge was made
the subject of a bitter pamphlet attack upon Poindexter.
sOIssue of October 10, 1835.
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