CATCHINGS, Thomas Clendinen

CATCHINGS, Thomas Clendinen
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


CATCHINGS, Thomas Clendinen, a Representative from Mississippi; born near Brownsville, Hinds County, Miss., January 11, 1847; was tutored at home; attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1859 and Oakland College in 1861; entered the Confederate Army in 1861 and served as a private in Company A, Eighteenth Mississippi Infantry, and subsequently in Company C, Eleventh (Perrin's) Mississippi Cavalry; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Vicksburg; elected to the State senate in 1875 but resigned in 1877; elected attorney general of Mississippi in 1877; reelected in 1881 and served until February 16, 1885; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1901); chairman, Committee on Levees and Improvements of the Mississippi River (Fiftieth Congress), Committee on Railways and Canals (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses), Committee on Rivers and Harbors (Fifty-third Congress); resumed the practice of law; also served as division counsel for the Southern Railway Co.; member of the Mississippi Code Commission by appointment of Governor Vardaman; died in Vicksburg, Miss., December 24, 1927; interment in the City Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Tulane University
Manuscripts Department, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

New Orleans, LA
Papers: 1862-1925, 3,028 pieces, 42 volumes. Correspondence, legal and business papers of Thomas C. Catchings and his wife, Florence Shearer Catchings; bills, receipts, and letters pertaining to real estate in Washington, D.C., owned by Mrs. Catchings; papers pertaining to T. C. Catchings's work in Congress as a Representative from Mississippi, especially in relation to Mississippi River flood control; letters and legal papers relating to his work as counsel for the Southern Railway; papers and pamphlets concerning the Jacob Dornbusch estate, and other cases; letter from Grover Cleveland, 27 August 1894, to Catchings about tariff controls; a few papers of Gen. Catchings's father, T. J. Catchings.

Brown University
John Hay Library

Providence, RI
Papers: In the John Milton Hay Papers, 1854-1914, approximately 6,000 items. Other authors include Thomas Clendinen Catchings.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Catchings, Thomas Clendinen. The Catchings and Holliday families and various related families, in Virginia. Atlanta, Ga.: The A. B. Caldwell Pub. Co., 1919.

------. Construction of levees for flood prevention. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1913].

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