Location Information
(for the Donelson House)
Name:Donelson House
City/County:Duncan vic., Bolivar County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:c.1855
Architectural Styles(s):Greek Revival
No. of Stories:1
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:13 Aug 1976
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Context/Comments
This is an L-shaped cottage with two galleried facades. The vernacular Greek Revival trim appears to date from the 1850s, but parts of the house may be older than that. The house is associated with Andrew Jackson Donelson (1799-1871), a protégé of Andrew Jackson and nephew of Jackson’s wife Rachel. During Jackson's administration, he served the President as private secretary and ran for vice-president in 1856 on the Know-Nothing ticket headed by Millard Fillmore. Donelson, a native of Tennessee, was engaged in cotton production in the Mississippi Delta as early as the 1840s. He owned the house as part of his plantation holdings in the late 1850s, but resided elsewhere until 1868, when he took up permanent residence there until his death in 1871. The house was in very deteriorated condition when nominated to the National Register in 1976, and has not been field checked in many years; it may no longer survive.