RHEA, John Stockdale (1855-1924)

RHEA, JOHN STOCKDALE, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Russellville, Logan County, Ky., March 9, 1855; pursued preparatory studies; attended Bethel College, Russellville, Ky., and Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in 1873; prosecuting attorney for Logan County in 1878 and 1882; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1884 and 1888; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1892 and 1896; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1901, to March 25, 1902, when he was succeeded by J. McKenzie Moss, who contested his election; elected to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905); was not a candidate for renomination in 1904; resumed the practice of his profession in Russellville; appointed circuit court judge in 1913 and subsequently elected in 1915 and served until January 1, 1922; died in Russellville, Ky., on July 29, 1924; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.