Thomas Carmichael HINDMAN, Congress, AR (1828-1868)


HINDMAN, Thomas Carmichael, a Representative from Arkansas; born in Knoxville, Tenn., January 28, 1828; moved with his parents to Jacksonville, Calhoun County, Ala., in 1832 and to Ripley, Tippah County, Miss., in 1841; attended public and private schools; was graduated from the Lawrenceville Classical Institute near Princeton, N.J., in 1846; raised a company in Tippah County in 1846 for the Second Mississippi Regiment under Colonel Clark in the war with Mexico; served throughout the war as lieutenant and later as captain of his company; returned to Ripley, Miss.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Ripley, Miss.; member of the State house of representatives in 1854-1856; moved to Helena, Ark., in 1853 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); reelected to the Thirty-seventh Congress in 1860 but declined to take his seat and raised and commanded “Hindman’s legion” in 1861 for the Confederate Army; commissioned brigadier general September 28, 1861, and major general April 18, 1862; moved to the city of Mexico after the war and engaged in literary pursuits; returned to Helena, Ark., in 1868 and resumed the practice of law; was assassinated in that city on September 27, 1868; interment in Maple Hill Cemetery.


Nash, Charles Edward. Biographical Sketches of Gen. Pat Cleburne and Gen. T.C. Hindman, Together With Humorous Anecdotes and Reminiscences of the Late Civil War. Little Rock, Ark.: Tunnah & Pittard, printers, 1898. Reprint, Dayton, Ohio: Press of Morningside Bookshop, 1977.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present