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Poindexter, George (1779–05 September 1853), representative, governor of Mississippi, and U.S. senator, was born in Louisa County, Virginia, the son of Thomas Poindexter, a Baptist preacher, and Lucy Jones. After some schooling by his elder brother, Poindexter was admitted to the bar in Virginia. He practiced there briefly before moving to the Natchez district, Mississippi Territory, in 1802. In 1803 territorial governor ...

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Pope, Nathaniel (05 January 1784–23 January 1850), secretary of the Illinois Territory, delegate to the U.S. Congress, and federal judge, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of William Pope and Penelope Edwards, a comfortable agrarian family. Details of Pope’s education are sketchy. He received private schooling as a youth and for a time attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, although he did not graduate. Subsequently, he read law in the office of his older brother, John Pope, a future U.S. senator from Kentucky....

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Rice, Henry Mower (29 November 1816–15 January 1894), Indian trader and commissioner, Minnesota territorial delegate, and U.S. senator, was born in Waitsfield, Vermont, the son of Edmund Rice and Ellen Durkee. After his father died in 1828, Rice lived with the family of Justus Burdick. He completed an academy education and studied law in Rutland, Vermont, before moving to Michigan with the Burdick family in 1835. He worked as a chainman in the surveying of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and for Kalamazoo merchants until 1839. That year he traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, where he was hired by Kenneth MacKenzie, a prominent commission and forwarding merchant and fur trader, who sent him to Fort Snelling, in present-day Minnesota, to assist the post sutler. The next year he was appointed sutler at the newly created Fort Atkinson near the Winnebago reservation in northeastern Iowa. In 1842 he moved to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, to join Hercules L. Dousman, a longtime partner in the Western Outfit of the American Fur Company, in trade with the Winnebago and Ojibwa of the upper Mississippi region. Five years later he was sent to Mendota near Fort Snelling as an agent of Pierre Chouteau, Jr. and Company (see ...