Stiles was educated at home and at Choctaw Agency, then studied at the Southwestern Baptist University in Jackson, Tennessee. After graduating from the law department at the University of Mississippi in 1881, Stiles moved to Birmingham to begin his practice. He was elected justice of the peace in 1884 and probate judge in 1898.
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