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James Willard Ragsdale

Congressman

James Willard Ragsdale, American congressman. Member law firm of Ragsdale & Whitney, Florence, South Carolina.; member South Carolina. House of Representatives and State Senate; member 63d to 65th Congresses (1913-1919), 6th South Carolina. District.

Background

Ragsdale, James Willard was born on December 14, 1872 in Timmonsville, South Carolina, United States. Son of Littleton Russell and Ellen Adelaide (Byrd) Ragsdale.

Education

Educated University of South Carolina.

Career

Member law firm of Ragsdale & Whitney, Florence, South Carolina. President Farmers & Mechanics Bank. Director Citizens Bank, Peoples Bank.

Member South Carolina. House of Representatives and State Senate. Member 63d to 65th Congresses (1913-1919), 6th South Carolina.

Religion

Everybody can reach the love of God. Salvation is for everyone who turns to God.

Politics

The state cannot control the church, nor should the church attempt to dominate the state. However, religious expression should be present in public life.

Views

The distinctive feature of the Methodist Church is that lay people are involved in decision making.

Membership

Member law firm of Ragsdale & Whitney, Florence, South Carolina. Member South Carolina. House of Representatives and State Senate.

Member 63d to 65th Congresses (1913-1919), 6th South Carolina.

Connections

Married Marie Louise Joynes, November 15, 1900.

father:
Littleton Russell Ragsdale

mother:
Ellen Adelaide (Byrd) Ragsdale

spouse:
Marie Louise Joynes