A Civil War Biography
Otho Robards Singleton
Singleton was born 14 October 1814 near Nicholasville, Jessamine
County, Kentucky. He graduated from St. Joseph's College in
Bardstown, Kentucky then received a law degree from Kentucky's
University of Lexington. He was admitted to the bar in 1838 and
established a practice in Canton, Mississippi. He served in the
Mississippi house of representatives in 1846 and 1847 then in the
state senate from 1848 until 1854. He served as a presidential
elector in 1852. He was elected as a Democrat from Mississippi's 3rd
district to the US House of Representatives in 1852 and served from
3 March 1853 until 3 March 1855. His reelection bid in 1854 failed.
He was returned to the US House of Representatives in the election
of 1856, this time representing Mississippi's 4th district. He
served from 4 March 1857 until 12 January 1861 when the Mississippi
delegation to both Houses of Congress withdrew after word reached
them that Mississippi had voted to leave the Union three days
Upon returning to Mississippi Singleton joined a Mississippi
military unit as a private. He would not actively serve in the
military for long. He served in both the First and Second
Confederate Congresses. He was a supporter of a strong central
government and believed in the use of force to keep the states in
line. He opposed substitutes. After the end of the first session of
the Second Congress he became disillusioned with Confederate
government and did not take his seat for the second session.
Following the war he returned to the practice of law.
In 1874 he was again elected to the US House of Representatives as a
Democrat. This time representing Mississippi's 5th district. He
served six terms, taking his seat on 4 March 1875 and remaining
until 3 March 1887. He chose not to seek reelection in 1886. He died
11 January 1889.
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