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J. Willard Ragsdale

James Willard Ragsdale (December 14, 1872 – July 23, 1919) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

James Willard Ragsdale
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – July 23, 1919
Preceded byJ. Edwin Ellerbe
Succeeded byPhilip H. Stoll
Member of the South Carolina Senate
In office
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1872-12-14)December 14, 1872
Timmonsville, South Carolina
DiedJuly 23, 1919(1919-07-23) (aged 46)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeFlorence, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of South Carolina
Professionlawyer, politician

Born in Timmonsville, South Carolina, Ragsdale attended the public schools. He was employed in a railroad office at Wilmington, North Carolina, for several years. He attended the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1898 and commenced practice in Florence, South Carolina. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and banking. Trustee of the South Carolina Industrial School. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1899-1900. He served as member of the State senate 1902-1904. He was an unsuccessful candidate for attorney general of South Carolina and for election in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress.

Ragsdale was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1913, until his death in Washington, D.C., July 23, 1919. He was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Florence, South Carolina.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "J. Willard Ragsdale (id: R000010)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • J. Willard Ragsdale, late a representative from South Carolina, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1921
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Edwin Ellerbe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Philip H. Stoll