Ridgley Ceylon Powers

Ridgley Ceylon Powers

Mecca, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA
Death 11 Nov 1912 (aged 75)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 62184861 · View Source
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Governor of Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Michigan and attended Schenectady's Union College for graduate studies. He then enlisted for the Civil War, soon receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 125th Ohio Infantry. He received brevet promotions to Colonel by the end of the war, and in 1865 he settled in Noxubee County, Mississippi, where he owned a cotton plantation. After joining the newly-established Mississippi Republican party during Reconstruction and serving as Noxubee County Sheriff, in 1869 he was elected Lieutenant Governor, serving from 1870 until James L. Alcorn resigned to accept election to the US Senate in 1871. Powers then succeeded to the governorship, serving until the end of Alcorn's unexpired term in 1874. After leaving office Powers moved west, first to Santa Monica, California, and then to Arizona where he operated several successful businesses in Prescott and served as US Collector of Customs in Nogales. In the early 1900s he moved to Los Angeles, where he owned several businesses and operated a ranch until his death.

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