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Thomas Ringland Stockdale
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1895
Preceded by Henry Smith Van Eaton
Succeeded by Walter McKennon Denny
Personal details
Born (1828-03-28)March 28, 1828
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died January 8, 1899(1899-01-08) (aged 70)
Summit, Mississippi, U.S.
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery, Summit, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Mississippi

Thomas Ringland Stockdale (March 28, 1828 – January 8, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi.


Born at West Union Church near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Stockdale graduated from Jefferson College (now Washington & Jefferson College) in 1856 and received a master's degree in 1859. He taught school in Pike County, Mississippi, received his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1859 and practiced in Woodville, Mississippi.

During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate States Army. Enlisting as a private in the 16th Mississippi Infantry in 1861, he was promoted to lieutenant, captain and major, and served as regimental adjutant. He later commanded a battalion in the 4th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment and then served as the regiment's second in command with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

After the war Stockdale resumed the practice of law in Summit, Mississippi. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1868. He was also a Democratic presidential elector in 1872 and 1884.

Stockdale was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1886 and served four terms, March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1895. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894.

In 1896 Stockdale was appointed to fill a vacancy as a Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court and he served until 1897.

He died in Summit, Mississippi on January 8, 1899, and was interred in Summit's Woodlawn Cemetery.

Stockdale's home has been preserved by the Summit Historical Society, and the grounds of his home also contain a memorial to Stockdale.

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