BARKSDALE, Ethelbert, (brother of William Barksdale),
a Representative from Mississippi; born in Smyrna, Rutherford County, Tenn.,
January 4, 1824; moved to Jackson, Hinds County, Miss.; adopted journalism as a profession; edited
the official journal of the State 1854-1861 and 1876-1883; member of the Confederate Congress
1861-1865; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1860, 1868, 1872, and 1880;
chairman of the Democratic State executive committee 1877-1879; elected as a Democrat to the
Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for
renomination in 1886; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Yazoo County; died in Yazoo City, Miss.,
February 17, 1893; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Miss.
BibliographyPeterson, Owen M. Ethelbert Barksdale in the
Democratic National Convention of 1860. Journal of Mississippi History 14
(October 1952): 257-78.