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Ridgely Ceylon Powers


Ridgely Ceylon Powers, American governor.


Powers, Ridgely Ceylon was born on December 24, 1836 in Mecca, Ohio, United States. Son of Milo and Lucy Ann (Dickinson) Powers.


Student, University of Michigan, 1859-1862 (Bachelor of Arts, 1910) Bachelor of Arts, Union College, New York, 1862, A.M., 1865.


2d, Mary J. Wilson, October 27, 1892. Enlisted as private, Company C, 125th Ohio Vol. Infantry, 1862; promoted Second lieutenant, First lieutenant, captain, major.

Bvtd. lieutenant colonel “for gallant conduct in Atlanta campaign”. Served in 2d Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland. Participated in battles of Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Dandridge, Knoxville, Franklin, Nashville, etc.

Was a.-a.-g. 1st Brigade and a.-a.-g. 2d Division, 4th Army Corps. Mustered out, New Orleans, 1865.

Bought 2,000 acre plantation in Noxubee Company, Mississippi, 1865, and engaged in cotton raising. Sheriff, Noxubee Company, 1868-1869. Elected lieutenant governor, Mississippi, 1869, becoming governor for unexpired term (November 30, 1871-January 4, 1874) of Governor J. L. Alcorn elected to the United States Senate.

Practiced civil engineering in Arizona, 1879-1905. Retired. Home: Los Angeles, Calif.


Married Louisa Born, May 5, 1875 (died 1882).

Milo Powers

Lucy Ann (Dickinson) Powers

Louisa Born