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|Quitman's feats at county fair resulted in election victory|
(Sixth in a series)
John Quitman became the most popular man in Adams County, Miss., when, at a county fair in 1827, he finished first in the foot race, first in the heavy lifting contest and first in marksmanship. His shooting skills with a rifle won him the prize of the day -- a fattened ox -- as well as the chance to caress "Brown Bess."
A short time later, thanks in part to his performance at the fair, he was elected to the Mississippi Legislature. His election capped three years of joy and heartache beginning on Christmas Eve in 1824 when he married young Eliza Turner.
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