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Peabody College of Teachers Cumberland School of Law
Cumberland School of Law

PROFESSION

Attorney politician judge

JOHN RIDLEY MITCHELL (September 26, 1877 – February 26, 1962) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Tennessee
Tennessee
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Biography * 2 Career * 3 Death * 4 References * 5 External links

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Livingston, Tennessee
Tennessee
, Mitchell was the son of Isiah Winburn and Sophrona Winton Mitchell. attended the public schools. He was graduated from Peabody College of Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee
, in 1896. He served as Private secretary to Representative C.E. Snodgrass from 1899 to 1903, and graduated from Cumberland School of Law
Cumberland School of Law
at Cumberland University
Cumberland University
, Lebanon, Tennessee
Tennessee
, in 1904. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Crossville, Tennessee
Tennessee
.

CAREER

A member of the State Democratic executive committee from 1910 to 1914, Mitchell also served as assistant attorney general of the fifth circuit of Tennessee
Tennessee
from 1908 to 1918. He became attorney general of the same circuit from 1918 to 1925. He served as judge of the fifth circuit from 1925 until 1931, when he moved to Cookeville, Tennessee
Tennessee
.

Mitchell was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1939). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1938, but was unsuccessful for the Democratic nomination for United States
United States
Senator an