Charles B. Mitchel

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Charles Mitchel
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Confederate States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
February 18, 1862 – September 20, 1864
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Augustus Garland
United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
March 4, 1861 – July 11, 1861
Preceded by Robert Johnson
Succeeded by Benjamin Rice
Personal details
Born (1815-09-19)September 19, 1815
Gallatin, Tennessee, US
Died September 20, 1864(1864-09-20) (aged 49)
Little Rock, Arkansas, US
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Nashville
Thomas Jefferson University

Charles Burton Mitchel (September 19, 1815 – September 20, 1864) was a Democratic Party politician from Arkansas who represented the state in the U.S. Senate in 1861 and in the Confederate States Senate from 1861 until his death.


Mitchel was born in Gallatin, Tennessee on September 19, 1815, and attended the common schools; he graduated from the University of Nashville in 1833, and received his graduate degree from the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1836. He then moved to Washington, Arkansas, where he practiced medicine for twenty-five years. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for one year, 1848, and was appointed receiver of public moneys in 1853, serving in this capacity until 1856. He ran unsuccessfully for a seat in Congress in 1860, but was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4 until July 11, 1861, when he was expelled for supporting the Confederacy. Mitchel was elected to the Confederate Senate at the first session of the state legislature; he served until his death in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 20, 1864. His body was returned to his home in Washington, Arkansas, where he was buried.


United States Senate
Preceded by
Robert Johnson
United States Senator (Class 3) from Arkansas
Served alongside: William Sebastian
Succeeded by
Benjamin Rice(1)
Confederate States Senate
New constituency Confederate States Senator (Class 3) from Arkansas
Served alongside: Robert Johnson
Succeeded by
Augustus Garland
Notes and references
1. Because of Arkansas's secession, the Senate seat was vacant for seven years before Rice succeeded Mitchel.