SINGLETON, Otho Robards

SINGLETON, Otho Robards
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


SINGLETON, Otho Robards, a Representative from Mississippi; born near Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Ky., October 14, 1814; attended the common schools; was graduated from St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Ky., and from the law department of the University of Lexington; was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Canton, Madison County, Miss.; member of the State house of representatives in 1846 and 1847; served in the State senate 1848-1854; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; elected to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, until January 12, 1861, when he withdrew; Representative from Mississippi in the Confederate Congress 1861-1865; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1887); was not a candidate for renomination in 1886; died in Washington, D.C., January 11, 1889; interment in Canton Cemetery, Canton, Madison County, Miss.

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

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External Research Collections

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library

Hanover, NH
Papers: In the Samuel Bradley Wiggin Papers. 1874-1889, 28 items. Subjects include Otho R. Singleton.

George Washington University
Gelman Library

Washington, DC
Papers: In the W. Lloyd Wright Collection, 1875, 1 item. A letter from Otho R. Singleton to Mrs. Linn Boyd written on December 15, 1875. In the letter, Otho Singleton describes the current state of social life in Washington, and political events in Congress.

The Library of Virginia

Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Isaac Hammond Collection, ca. 1839-1875, 0..9 cubic foot. Other authors include Otho R. Singleton. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: n.d., 1 item. A letter from Winfield Scott Featherston to an unidentified recipient recommending Charles R. Jordan for U. S. Marshal of the Northern District of Mississippi. The letter is also signed by O. R. Singleton, W. H. Johnson, E.C. Wilkinson, and H. Cassedy.
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