Grenada County, Mississippi

Biography - George Robert Hightower

George Robert Hightower of Oxford, was born October 13, 1865 at Smith's Mill, Carroll County (now Grenada), Miss., and is the son of George Hightower and wife, Nancy (Kirby) Hightower. His ancestors came to Mississippi from Virginia. William Hightower and Jessie Dawson, his ancestors, were soldiers of the Revolution. The father of the subject of this sketch was a soldier of the Confederacy. Mr. Hightower received his primary education in the public schools of Grenada County; attended the Buena Vista Normal College in Chickasaw County, and was graduated from that institution in 1989; established the Abbeville Normal College in 1889, taught in the
George Robert Hightower

Grenada Collegiate Institute; was professor of mathematics in 1891; abandoned teaching in 1894 on account of failing health; has been engaged in farming and stock raising since that time, elected Superindentent of Education of Lafayettte county in 1895; elected to the House of Representatives from Lafayette County in 1890; elected Senator from the Thirty-second District November 3,1893. Mr. Hightower is a Democrat; member of the Methodist Church; Mason, Knight of Pythias and Woodman of the World; married February 11, 1892, at Abbeville, Miss. to Sallie Pearl Bishop, daughter of Marion Pipkins Bishiop and wife, Mary Elizabeth Beall. Mr. and Mrs. Hightower have one child, George Bishop.

This story was reprinted from the State of Mississippi, Official Register of 1917.


Grenada County Coordinator: Sandy Ward