Below are two articles referring to a lynching prevented by Governor Vardaman barely two months into his administration. From this editor’s readings there appears to be five or six similar incidents while he was Mississippi’s chief executive.

 

  Editor's Note: This small article reprinted from the Chicago Tribune makes a big point.  Governor Vardaman’s popularity very likely had more to do with his fight against the state political machine that excluded the common man. His racist views alone would not have taken him this far. In fact, a lot of Mississippians could probably have done without it

March 10, 1904

   

I cannot believe the Clarion-Ledger actually said “worthless negro.”

March 12, 1904

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