Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union in 1817.
Here are 5 things you might not have known about the Magnolia State:
- At various times throughout history Mississippi has been under the jurisdiction of France, Spain, Britain, and the United States; don’t assume your ancestors records are stored in the state.
- Biloxi is the oldest permanent settlement in the Lower Mississippi Valley, established in 1699. Natchez was founded in 1716 and is the oldest city on the Mississippi River.
- In 1902, on a hunting trip in Mississippi, President Theodore Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear that had been tied up for that purpose; a subsequent cartoon that appeared in the Washington Star started the Teddy Bear craze.
- A fifth of the state’s revenues was spent on artificial arms and legs for Confederate veterans in 1866.
- Mississippi established the first U.S state college for women in 1884.