Dantin dies at home


Published: January 22,2012

Tags: Columbia, Maurice Dantin, Thad Cochran

Maurice Dantin, a former district attorney who made unsuccessful runs for governor and U.S. Senate in Mississippi, has died at his Columbia home. He was 82.

Dantin was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 1975. He also was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1978, an election won by Republican Thad Cochran. Dantin was elected mayor of Columbia at age 26. He also served as city attorney and district attorney. He practiced law in Columbia for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Patty, two daughters and a son, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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