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Thomas CHILD, Jr.

(1818-1869)

CHILD, Thomas, Jr., a Representative from New York; born in Bakersfield, near St. Albans, Vt., March 22, 1818; attended the common schools and entered the University of Vermont at Burlington at the age of fourteen; member of the State constitutional convention in 1838; studied law; was admitted to the bar in September 1839 and commenced practice in East Berkshire, Vt.; justice of the peace in 1840; moved to New York City about 1848 and engaged in the distilling business; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-fourth Congress on March 4, 1855, but never qualified or attended a session owing to illness; by resolution adopted on March 3, 1857, the House resolved that his salary be computed and paid to him from August 18, 1856, to March 3, 1857, as “though he had been in regular attendance at the sittings of the House”; moved to Port Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y., in 1857 and retired from active business; supervisor of the town of Northfield, N.Y., in 1865 and 1866; member of the State assembly in 1866; died in Port Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y., March 9, 1869; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

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