Brandon, named after Mississippi’s first native born governor- Gerard C. Brandon, was established in 1831. During the Civil War, Brandon felt the full wrath of General Sherman’s Army as it marched through Jackson to Vicksburg. Most of the town was burned by the Yankee soldiers and most private homes were looted or burned. It has been said that Brandon has furnished the state of Mississippi with more governors, senators, congressman, judges, district attorneys, physicians and teachers than any other town its size in the state. Brandon has often been called the “City of Red Hills Laden with Golden Opportunities”.