William L. Stoughton

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William L. Stoughton
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Born (1827-03-20)March 20, 1827
Bangor, New York
Died June 6, 1888(1888-06-06) (aged 61)
Sturgis, Michigan
Place of burial Oaklawn Cemetery, Sturgis
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–64
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, XIV Corps, Army of the Cumberland
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Other work United States Congressman, lawyer

William Lewis Stoughton (March 20, 1827 – June 6, 1888) was a politician and soldier from U.S. state of Michigan who served in the United States Congress, as well as serving as a general and brigade commander in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Stoughton was born in Bangor, New York. He attended Kirtland, Painesville, and Madison Academies in Lake County, Ohio. He studied law in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan from 1849 to 1851 when he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Sturgis, Michigan.

Stoughton was a prosecuting attorney of St. Joseph County from 1855 to 1859 and a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention. He was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as United States District Attorney for the District of Michigan in March 1861, but resigned a few months later to enter the Union Army following the outbreak of the Civil War.

He served as colonel of the 11th Michigan Infantry and then was a brigadier general. Stoughton commanded the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division of the XIV Corps of the Army of the Cumberland at the Battle of Chattanooga. He later was promoted to the rank of major general by brevet. He resigned in August 1864 because of ill health and resumed the practice of his profession in Sturgis, Michigan, in 1865.

In 1867, Stoughton became a member of the Michigan State Constitutional convention and served as Michigan Attorney General from 1867 to 1868. He was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 2nd congressional district to the 41st and 42nd Congresses, serving from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1873. He returned to the practice of law in 1874.

William L. Stoughton died in Sturgis and was interred in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Upson
United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Michigan
1869–1873
Succeeded by
Henry Waldron
Legal offices
Preceded by
Albert Williams
Michigan Attorney General
1867–1868
Succeeded by
Dwight May