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Charles Burton Mitchel

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Charles Burton Mitchel, American senator. member Ark; member United States Senate from Ark; member Confederate Senate from Ark.

Background

MITCHEL, Charles Burton was born on September 19, 1815 in Gallatin, Tennessee, United States, United States.

Education

Graduated from the University Nashville (Tenn.

Career

Nothing is known of his early family life. He was educated in the common schools, attended the University of Nashville, and graduated from the Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1836. He then removed to Washington, Arkansas, where he practiced medicine for twenty-five years.

He was a Presbyterian and was active in Democratic politics. He was elected to the state legislature in 1848 and was the state receiver of public moneys from 1853 to 1856 but lost a race for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1860. Mitchel was elected to the U.S. Senate in March 1861 but resigned the following July.

He was married to Sallie Ann and they had one son. Mitchel belonged to the union wing of the Arkansas Democratic party, largely because he was an opponent of the Robert W. Johnson family machine. He was elected to the first Confederate Senate after the war began, and he was reelected in 1864.

In the Senate, he was an administration supporter who urged more care in planning the defense of the Mississippi River. He opposed the military command of General Thomas Hindman and called for General Kirby Smith to be named as commander of the Trans-Mississippi District.

Religion

"Peculiar institution" of slavery was not only expedient but also ordained by God and upheld in Holy Scripture.

Politics

Stands for preserving slavery, states' rights, and political liberty for whites. Every individual state is sovereign, even to the point of secession.

Membership

Member Ark; member United States Senate from Ark. Member Confederate Senate from Ark.