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William Brickly Stokes
[[Image:File:William Brickly Stokes - Brady-Handy.jpg|center|200px|border]]William Brickly Stokes
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Born: September 9, 1814(1814-09-09)
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Died: March 14, 1897 (aged 82)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: Union Army
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Rank: Brevet Major General
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Commands: 5th Tennessee Cavalry
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William Brickly Stokes (September 9, 1814-March 14, 1897) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee.


He was born on September 9, 1814 in Chatham County, North Carolina. He attended the common schools, moved to Tennessee, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1849 to 1852. He served in the Tennessee Senate in 1855 and 1856.

He was elected as a member of the Opposition Party to the Thirty-sixth Congress by Tennessee's 4th congressional district, serving from March 4, 1859 to March 3, 1861. He entered the Union Army on May 15, 1862 as a major of the Tennessee Volunteers. He served as colonel of the 5th Tennessee Cavalry until he resigned on March 10, 1865. He was subsequently brevetted to major general. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1867, and commenced practice in Alexandria, Tennessee in DeKalb County, Tennessee.

Upon the readmission of Tennessee to representation, he was elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-ninth Congress by Tennessee's 3rd congressional district. He was re-elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses. He served from July 24, 1866 to March 3, 1871. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress. He also was the supervisor of internal revenue for Tennessee. He resumed the practice of law and died in Alexandria, Tennessee on March 14, 1897. He was interred in East View Cemetery.

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