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Philip Henry Stoll (November 5, 1874 – October 29, 1958) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Philip Henry Stoll
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
October 7, 1919 – March 3, 1923
Preceded byJ. Willard Ragsdale
Succeeded byAllard Henry Gasque
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
In office
Personal details
Born(1874-11-05)November 5, 1874
Little Rock, South Carolina
DiedOctober 29, 1958(1958-10-29) (aged 83)
Columbia, South Carolina
Resting placeKingstree, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materWofford College
ProfessionTeacher, lawyer, politician
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1917–1918
RankLieutenant Colonel
UnitJudge Advocate General's Department

Born in Little Rock, Marion (now Dillon) County, South Carolina, Stoll attended public school.

He graduated from Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1897. He was a teacher in the public schools 1897–1901. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1901. He practiced in Kingstree, South Carolina.

He served as member of the State house of representatives 1905–1906 and then as solicitor of the third judicial circuit from 1908 to 1917, when he resigned. He served as chairman of the Democratic county committee and member of the Democratic State committee 1908–1918.

With the outbreak of World War One, he was commissioned as a major in the Judge Advocate General's Department of the United States Army in 1917. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1918 and served throughout the war.

Stoll was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of J. Willard Ragsdale. He was reelected to the Sixty-seventh Congress and served from October 7, 1919, to March 3, 1923. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1922. After serving in Congress, he resumed the practice of law. He was again a member of the State house of representatives from 1929 to 1931. Stoll was elected as a judge of the third judicial circuit of South Carolina in 1931 and served until December 6, 1946, when he retired. In 1944, Judge Stoll sentenced 14-year old George Stinney, the second youngest person executed in US history, to death after a 1 day trial and a 10-minute deliberation by an all white jury[1]. George Stinney's conviction was vacated in 2014 due to fundamental Constitutional violations.[2]

He died in Columbia, South Carolina, October 29, 1958. He was interred in Williamsburg Presbyterian Cemetery, Kingstree, South Carolina.


  • United States Congress. "Philip H. Stoll (id: S000951)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ Pan, Deanna; Hawes, Jennifer Berry. "In 1944, George Stinney was young, black and sentenced to die". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  2. ^ "S.C. Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong". December 17, 2014. Retrieved 2019-01-19.

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