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Thomas Hart Ruffin

congressman , lawyer , politician

Thomas Ruffin, American congressman. member United States Ho.


Ruffin, Thomas was born on September 9, 1820 in Louisburg, Franklin County (formerly part Edgecombe County), North Carolina, United States.


Private school, southern university. University of North.


Little is known of his family life. He was probably related to Thomas Ruffin. He studied law at the University of North Carolina and practiced in Goldsboro throughout the antebellum period.

Ruffin was a circuit attorney in Missouri from 1844 to 1848. Upon returning to North Carolina, he entered politics and served as a Democrat in the U.S. House from 1853 to 1861. He was a secessionist and his constituents elected him to the provisional Confederate Congress in Richmond in 1861.

Ruffin also served in the Confederate Army as a colonel in the 1st North Carolina Cavalry. He was wounded at Bristoe Station, Virginia, and was taken prisoner.


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


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


Member United States Ho.