Raleigh is a town in Smith County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,462 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat and second largest town (after Taylorsville) in Smith County.Named for the famous English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, Raleigh has been home to such famous Mississippians as Governor Robert Lowry, Governor/U.S. Senator Anselm McLaurin and Pioneer William H. Hardy.
Raleigh was first established as the community of Indian Springs and was renamed when the county seat was moved from Fairfield to Raleigh in 1834. The town of Raleigh and its citizens were very active in the Civil War, it was home to numerous companies of the Army of Mississippi and a training camp. In 1863 Raleigh was part of the famous Grierson's Raid which played a major role in the defeat of the Confederate Army at Vicksburg.
Harrison Hotel is a famous hotel that is no longer running. Many Mississippi politicians, governors and U.S. Senators have stayed there, including Theodore G. Bilbo and Jefferson Davis.