Barnett, Ross Robert
- Charles W. Eagles
Barnett, Ross Robert (22 January 1898–06 November 1987), governor of Mississippi, was born on a farm in the Standing Pine community of Leake County in central Mississippi, the son of Virginia Ann Chadwick and John William Barnett, a Confederate veteran, farmer, and part owner of a cotton gin. He worked his way as a barber through high school and Mississippi College, from which he graduated in 1922. He taught high school for two years in Pontotoc before studying law. After receiving a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1926, he practiced law in Jackson and gained a reputation for his success in civil damage suits. In 1929 he married Mary Pearl Crawford; they had three children....