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Thomas Reed COBB

(1828-1892)

COBB, Thomas Reed, a Representative from Indiana; born in Springville, Lawrence County, Ind., July 2, 1828; attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Bedford, Ind.; commissioned major of Indiana Militia in 1852; moved to Vincennes, Ind., in 1867; member of the State senate 1858-1866; president of the Democratic State convention in 1876; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses), Committee on Public Lands (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1886; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Vincennes, Knox County, Ind., June 23, 1892; interment in Old Vincennes Cemetery.

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

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