Benton County


Senate, 60th and 61st General Assemblies, 1917-21; representing counties of Benton, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, and McNairy; Democrat. Born 16 May 1879 near Napier Furnace, Lewis County, TN; son of William James and Eugenia (Voorhies) Stockard. Attended "common schools" of Lewis and Lawrence Counties, TN. Married Myrtle Harlan, native of Williamsport, Maury County, TN; daughter of J.W. and Minerva (King) Harlan; one son -- Robert Lee, Jr. In gravel business and distributor of other road supplies at Camden, Benton County, TN; moved to Nashville, Davidson County, TN by 1920, where he was employed by State Highway Department for a few years; established, c. 1925, firm of Robert L. Stockard, dealing in road supplies, machinery, etc.; firm became Robert L. Stockard and Son and continued in business until retirement some two years before death. Senator Stockard had been chairman of the Benton County Roads Ass'n in 1911; mayor of Camden, 1911-15; member county Democratic Executive Committee. Member Presbyterian Church; Free and Accepted Masons; Knights of Pathias; Woodmen of the World. Died 22 September 1942 at Nashville; buried in Mount Olive Cemetery. Son of William James Stockard; brother-in-law of Charles Thomas Crawford, sometime members of Tenn. General Assembly.

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