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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones),
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Sergeant Smith Prentiss
Sergeant Smith Prentiss and his career. An estimate of the man by a contemporary. John G. Baldwin. Sergeant Smith Prentiss was born in Portland, Me., September 30, 1808, and died at Natchez
e come and gone, and yet the name and fame of Prentiss is as green in the memory of those who admire an, perhaps, in 10,000 ever saw a likeness of Prentiss.
The one contained in several metropolitan p year was a miserable caricature—no more like Prentiss than Prentiss was like Hercules.
Of all thPrentiss was like Hercules.
Of all the sketches written of Prentiss, the following, from J. G. Baldwin, a contemporary of Prentiss, who aPrentiss, the following, from J. G. Baldwin, a contemporary of Prentiss, who afterwards removed to California and was elevated to the Supreme Court of that State, is believed toPrentiss, who afterwards removed to California and was elevated to the Supreme Court of that State, is believed to be the best:
The character of the bar, in the older portions of the State, of Mississippi, wa Mississippi river.
In its front ranks stood Prentiss, Holt, Boyd, Quitman, Wilkinson, Winchester, od first mentioned by me, in 1837, that Sergeant S. Prentiss was in the flower of his forensic fame.