The Road to Civil War

William B. Stokes

"(September 9, 1814 -- March 14, 1897) William Brickly Stokes was a(n) farmer, public servant, supervisor, soldier, lawyer, and American politician. Stokes was born in Chatham County, North Carolina and moved to Tennessee. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He was a member of the State house of representatives (1849 - 1852), State senate (1855 and 1856), and was a supervisor of internal revenue for Tennessee. He entered the Union Army (May 15, 1862) as a major of Tennessee Volunteers, was promoted to colonel and then major general until he was honorably discharged (March 10 , 1865). He was elected as an Opposition Party to the 36th Congress (March 4, March 3, 1861). Stokes was also elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the 39th and as a Republican to the 40th and 41st Congresses (July 24, 1866 - March 3, 1871), was not elected to the 42nd Congress. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available at]"

Member of Tennessee Delegation - United States Fifteenth Amendment , Tennessee Delegation - United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866 , Tennessee Delegation - The Civil Rights Act of 1875 , Tennessee Delegation - The Road to Civil War [this display].

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