The Road to Civil War

Thomas Ruffin

(September 9, 1820 — October 13, 1863) Thomas Ruffin, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Louisburg, Franklin County (formerly a part of Edgecombe County), N.C., September 9, 1820; attended the common schools; graduated from the University of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1841; lawyer, private practice; circuit attorney of the seventh judicial district of the state of Missouri 1844-1848; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1861); delegate to the Confederate Provisional Congress at Richmond, Va., in July 1861; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as colonel of the First North Carolina Cavalry, Confederate States of America; mortally wounded in action on October 13, 1863, in Auburn, Va.; interment in the private cemetery on the Ruffin homestead, near Louisburg, N.C. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

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