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Thomas Henry BALL

(1859-1944)

BALL, Thomas Henry, a Representative from Texas; born in Huntsville, Walker County, Tex., January 14, 1859; attended private schools; was graduated from Austin College, Sherman, Tex., in 1876; studied law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; was admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in Huntsville, Tex.; mayor of Huntsville 1887-1893; chairman of the Democratic executive committee of Walker County 1884-1896; delegate to all State conventions from 1886 to 1924, with three exceptions; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1892, 1924, and 1928; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, to November 16, 1903, when he resigned; resumed the practice of his profession; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1914; general counsel for the State council of defense during the First World War; general counsel for the port commission of the Houston Harbor and Ship Channel from May 1922 to August 1931, when he retired; died in Houston, Tex., May 7, 1944; interment in Forest Park Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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