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The County Seat of Lowndes County, Mississippi is Columbus, home of the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams. The 2000 census showed a county-wide population of 61,586. Lowndes County, as recited in the establishing act, was named "in memory of the late William Lowndes"....Map
William Jones Lowndes (1782-1822), a lawyer, planter and statesman from South Carolina was a United States Congressman from that State (1811-1822) and an earnest supporter of the War of 1812. Henry Clay called him the wisest man he had ever known in the Congress.
Lowndes was the son of Rawlins Lowndes and Sarah Jones Lowndes, of Georgia, a Revolutionary War leader, and he was married to Elizabeth Pinckney, daughter of the Federalist leader Thomas Pinckney. Lowndes worked to achieve a compromise on sectional issues like tariffs and slavery, and assisted in the creation of the second national bank. Lowndes was nominated in 1821 by the South Carolina legislature as a presidential candidate for the election of 1824, but died of illness in 1822.