Hernando Money
Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus
In office
December 1909 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byCharles Allen Culberson
Succeeded byThomas S. Martin
United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
October 8, 1897 – March 4, 1911
Preceded byJames Z. George
Succeeded byJohn Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byClarke Lewis
Succeeded byAndrew F. Fox
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byOtho R. Singleton
Succeeded byFrederick G. Barry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byHenry Barry
Succeeded byElza Jeffords
Personal details
Hernando De Soto Money

(1839-08-26)August 26, 1839
Zeiglersville, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedSeptember 18, 1912(1912-09-18) (aged 73)
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Mississippi, Oxford (LLB)

Hernando De Soto Money (August 26, 1839 – September 18, 1912) was an American politician from the state of Mississippi.


Money was born in Holmes County, Mississippi. He was named after the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto. Early in his life, he moved with his father, Pierson Money,[1] to Carrollton, Mississippi. He received his early education in the public schools and from a private tutor and subsequently graduated from the law department of the University of Mississippi at Oxford, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall.[2] He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Carrollton, Mississippi, about 1860. James K. Vardaman was his cousin and political ally.[3]

As a young man he served in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. After the war, he established himself as an important planter, lawyer and newspaper editor in Mississippi. He first served in the United States House of Representatives from 1875 to 1885, as a member of the United States Democratic Party, to which he would belong for the rest of his life. He decided not to run for reelection in 1884 and established a law partnership with former assistant attorney general Alfred A. Freeman.[4] He continued to live in the capital, Washington, D.C., until 1891, when he returned to Carrollton. He served in the United States House again from Mississippi from 1893 to 1897.

Mabel Clare Money
Lillian Money

He married author Claudia Boddie, native of Jackson, Mississippi, and they had three daughters and two sons. The two younger daughters, Mabel Clare and Lillian Money, usually spent the winter in Washington with their parents. They both attended the Norwood Institute and the Berlitz School of Languages of Washington.[5]

In 1897 he was appointed to the United States Senate from Mississippi following the death of James Z. George. He was elected to a full term in 1899 and reelected in 1905, and served in the Senate from 1897 to 1911. He was the chairman of the Committees on Corporations in the District of Columbia and expanded accommodations for the Library of Congress from 1907 to 1909. In 1903, he was one of many in opposition to the employment of African-American postal workers.[6] He was chairman of the Democratic Caucus from 1909 to 1911, when he decided to retire from the Senate. He returned to his home near Biloxi, Mississippi, where he died one year later. He was buried in the family vault in Carrollton.


  1. ^ "United States Census, 1860", , FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6GH-CQC : Thu Oct 05 03:00:12 UTC 2023), Entry for Thos B Weed and Pearson Money, 1860. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  2. ^ Negus, W. H. (1900). "Delta Ps i". In Maxwell, W. J. (ed.). Greek Lettermen of Washington. New York, New York: The Umbdenstock Publishing Co. pp. 231–234.
  3. ^ Gatewood, Willard B. “A Republican President and Democratic State Politics: Theodore Roosevelt in the Mississippi Primary of 1903.” Presidential Studies Quarterly, vol. 14, no. 3, 1984, pp. 428–36. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/27550103. Accessed 5 Feb. 2024.
  4. ^ "A New Law Firm," Washington Evening Star, 1 May 1885, p. 4.
  5. ^ Hinman, Ida (1895). The Washington Sketch Book.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ "African-American Postal Workers in the 20th Century - Who we are - About.usps.com". about.usps.com.
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byHenry Barry Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Mississippi's 3rd congressional district 1875–1883 Succeeded byElza Jeffords Preceded byOtho R. Singleton Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Mississippi's 4th congressional district 1883–1885 Succeeded byFrederick G. Barry Preceded byClarke Lewis Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Mississippi's 4th congressional district 1893–1897 Succeeded byAndrew F. Fox Preceded byAlfred Moore Waddell Chair of the House Post Committee 1879–1881 Succeeded byHenry H. Bingham Preceded byHenry H. Bingham Chair of the House Post Committee 1883–1885 Succeeded byJames Henderson Blount U.S. Senate Preceded byJames Z. George U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi 1897–1911 Served alongside: Edward C. Walthall, William V. Sullivan, Anselm J. McLaurin, James Gordon, LeRoy Percy Succeeded byJohn Williams Preceded byThomas S. Martin Chair of the Senate District of Columbia Corporations Committee 1907–1909 Succeeded byJames Taliaferro Preceded by??? Chair of the Senate Library Accommodations Committee 1907–1909 Succeeded byCharles Allen Culberson Party political offices Preceded byCharles Allen Culberson Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus 1909–1911 Succeeded byThomas S. Martin
Chairs of the United States House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service