Haywood Yancey Riddle Edit Profile
He completed preparatory studies and graduated from Union University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1854. He graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee in 1857 and was admitted to the bar in Ripley, Mississippi the same year.
He was an adjunct professor of mathematics and languages at that institution. When Riddle moved to Smith County, Tennessee in 1858, he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in 1861 and served throughout the war.
In the last year, he was on the staffs of Brigadier Generals Wright and Mackall. Riddle moved to Lebanon, Tennessee, in Wilson County in 1865 to practice law, but he was employed as a deputy clerk in the chancery clerk's office for five years. He was appointed clerk for a term of six years in 1870 and served until December 20, 1875.
Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel M. Fite, Riddle was then re-elected to the Forty-fifth Congress and served from December 14, 1875 to March 3, 1879. Riddle died in Lebanon, Tennessee, on March 28, 1879 and is interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
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