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John Quitman

John Quitman

Natchez National Historical Park Collection

"No part of the United States holds out better prospects for a young lawyer . . . [The planters] live profusely; drink costly Port, Madeira, and sherry, after the English fashion, and are exceedingly hospitable."

-John Quitman (law partner of Melrose's John McMurran), 1822

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William Johnson

An 1840 tornado destroyed John McMurran's law office. Ironically, William Johnson used some of the bricks from McMurran's law office to build his new home on State Street. Today, McMurran's estate Melrose and William Johnson's house are part of Natchez National Historical Park.