Luther Manship. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH Collection.

Luther Manship was born April 16, 1853, the ninth of fifteen children born to Charles Henry and Adaline Manship.  He died April 22, 1915, after a prolonged illness.  Excerpts from The Daily Clarion-Ledger’s obituary follow:


Mayor Issues a Proclamation Requesting Honors be Paid Distinguished Citizen – Capitol Will Close During Morning as Token of Respect to the Deceased.


     Secretary of State Jos. W. Power announced last night that the State Capitol will be closed this morning during the hours of the funeral of Luther Manship, former Lieutenant Governor and member of the Mississippi Legislature.

     Mayor Taylor yesterday afternoon issued his proclamation calling on the merchants of the city to close during the funeral and ordering a general suspension while that event is in progress…

     Luther Manship, a former Lieutenant Governor of this State, and at one time one of the best known men on the lecture platform of America, died here yesterday morning at 10:30, following an illness extending over several months.

     The funeral services will be held this morning from the family home at 11 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. W. G. Henry, and the deceased will be laid to rest beside his wife in Greenwood Cemetery.

     Luther Manship was one of the best beloved of Jackson citizens and the news of his death brought sadness to many in this city who knew and loved the departed…

Sketch of Life.

     Luther Manship was born in this city April 16, 1853.  His father was a mechanic of note and served this city for two terms as mayor, surrendering the city to the Federal troops in 1863.

     The deceased early in life decided to enter the railroad service and served an apprenticeship in the shops in McComb.

     In 1881 he was married to Miss Mary Belmont Phelps, of Magnolia, and later he came to this city to make his home.  His wife and friends persuaded Mr. Manship to enter the lecture field, which he did, achieving a wide success…

      For several years he was a member of the board of aldermen of Jackson, and in that capacity accomplished many things for this city.  In 1896 he was honored with election to the Lower House of the Legislature and was elected Lieutenant Governor under the Noel administration.  In this capacity he was often called on to act as Governor, and as presiding officer of the Mississippi Senate was a decided success.

     The deceased was a man of many lovable traits of character.  He was endowed with a rare sense of humanity and none came under his genial, benign influence but learned to love and respect him.  There was none for whom more genuine grief will be felt by all classes than will be for the deceased…

     The deceased is survived by five children, as follows: Charles P. of Baton Rouge; Luther, police justice of Jackson; Douglas, James Lewis and Miss Elizabeth, all of this city.

     Mrs. Manship was the originator of the building of the Jefferson Davis monument in this city, and in this work was aided by her distinguished husband…