Thomas C. Catchings

Thomas Clendinen Catchings (January 11, 1847 – December 24, 1927) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi.

Thomas Clendinen Catchings
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byElza Jeffords
Succeeded byPatrick S. Henry
Mississippi Attorney General
In office
Mississippi State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1847-01-11)January 11, 1847
Brownsville, Mississippi
DiedDecember 24, 1927(1927-12-24) (aged 80)
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Resting placeCedar Hill Cemetery[1]
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Florence Shearer
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi at Oxford
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
UnitMississippi 18th Mississippi Infantry,
11th Mississippi Cavalry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Born near Brownsville, Mississippi, Catchings was tutored at home. He attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1859, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, and Oakland College in 1861. He studied law.

He entered the Confederate States Army in 1861 and served as a private in Company K, Eighteenth Mississippi Infantry, and subsequently in Company C, Eleventh Mississippi Cavalry.[2]

He was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Vicksburg.

Catchings was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1875 but resigned in 1877.

Catchings was elected Mississippi Attorney General in 1877. He was reelected in 1881 and served until February 16, 1885.

Catchings was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1885–March 3, 1901). He served as chairman of the Committee on Levees and Improvements of the Mississippi River (Fiftieth Congress), Committee on Railways and Canals (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses), Committee on Rivers and Harbors (Fifty-third Congress). He first introduced a bill for Vicksburg National Military Park in January 1896. When it failed to pass, although favorably reported by committee, he re-introduced the bill in the next Congress in December 1897.[3]

He resumed the practice of law. He also served as division counsel for the Southern Railway Co.. He served as member of the Mississippi Code Commission by appointment of Governor Vardaman.

He died in Vicksburg, Mississippi, December 24, 1927. He was interred in Cedar Hill Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Thomas Clendinen Catchings". Find A Grave. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ Giambrone, Jeff (2012). Remembering Mississippi's Confederates. Arcadia Publishing. p. 94.
  3. ^ "The First Battlefield Parks". National Park Service. Retrieved 9 January 2018.


Legal offices
Preceded by
George E. Harris
Attorney General of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Thomas S. Ford
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elza Jeffords
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Patrick S. Henry