James Oliver Eastland

Old Hwy 80

A Mississippi History Marker in the Eastern Cemetery, Forest, MS


Photo taken by Jeff Lovorn



James Oliver Eastland (1904-1986) was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1928. Eastland was appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Byron Harrison upon his death in June 1941, and was elected to that seat in 1942. He served as Senate President Pro Tempore 1972-1978 and chair to the Judiciary Committee. Twice in the 1970's he was second in the line of presidential succession. Sen. James O. Eastland retired in 1978 and is buried here in the Eastern Cemetery.

Update Log 

  • December 26, 2011: Added by Jeff Lovorn


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