Hezekiah William Foote (a.k.a. Henry Foote) (1813–1899) was an American Confederate veteran, attorney, planter and state politician from Mississippi.

Hezekiah William Foote
BornDecember 17, 1813
DiedJanuary 29, 1899(1899-01-29) (aged 85)
OccupationAttorney, planter, politician
Spouse(s)Lucinda Frances (Dade) Foote
ChildrenHuger Lee Foote
RelativesHenry S. Foote (distant cousin)
Shelby Foote (great-grandson)


Early lifeEdit

Hezekiah William Foote was born on December 17, 1813 in Chester County, South Carolina.[1] He moved to Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi as a teenager.[1][2][3] He studied the Law and passed the Mississippi Bar.[1]


Foote raised cattle in Noxubee County, becoming the first settler to raise pedigree cattle in Mississippi.[3] Meanwhile, he started a newspaper called The Macon Intelligencer.[1] He then served as Chancery Clerk of Noxubee County and was elected as district judge.[2] He joined the Whig Party and later the Constitutional Union Party.[1] He ran and lost the election to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1856.[1]

Foote became an ardent secessionist in favor of the Confederate States of America by 1860.[1] During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, he served as a Colonel in the Confederate States Army during the Battle of Belmont and the Battle of Shiloh.[1][2][3]

Foote was elected as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate.[2] He also served as President of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Macon, Mississippi.[1]

Foote owned four plantations in the Mississippi Delta:

Foote served as Superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School in Macon, Mississippi for fifty-six years.[1] He was one of the co-founders of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, founded as a Methodist institution, and served on its Board of Trustees.[1][3] He was related to Henry S. Foote, the Governor of Mississippi from 1852 to 1854, who lived where the campus of Vanderbilt University was established.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Foote married Lucinda Frances Dade (1816-1856) in 1836.[1] She inherited 3,000 acres of land in Issaquena County, Mississippi.[1] They had a son, Huger Lee Foote.[4]

Death and legacyEdit

Foote died on January 29, 1899 in Macon, Mississippi, where he was buried.[1][3] His great-grandson was Shelby Foote, the Civil War author.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Justin Glenn, The Washingtons: A Family History: Volume 1: Seven Generations of the Presidential Branch, Savas Publishing, 2014, p. 1895 [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Woody Woods, Delta Plantations - The Beginning, 2010, p. 40
  3. ^ a b c d e f John Griffin Jones, Mississippi Writers Talking, Oxford, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1982, pp. 37-56 [2]
  4. ^ a b c d e f Jim Fraiser, The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta, Pelican Publishing, 2002, p. 47 [3]