STOCKDALE, Thomas Ringland, (1828 - 1899)


"Members of the House of Representatives on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington" (detail), engraving after Valerian Gribayedoff, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1894, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

STOCKDALE, Thomas Ringland, a Representative from Mississippi; born near West Union Church, Greene County, Pa., March 28, 1828; was graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., in 1856; moved to Pike County, Miss., in 1857 and taught school; was graduated from the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1859; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and practiced in Woodville, Miss., 1859-1861; during the Civil War enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in the Sixteenth Mississippi Infantry in 1861, being promoted successively to lieutenant, adjutant, and major of that regiment; at the close of the war resumed the practice of law in Summit, Miss.; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1868; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1895); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination; appointed judge of the State supreme court December 1, 1896; died in Summit, Pike County, Miss., January 8, 1899; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.