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Thomas Jefferson HALSEY

(1863-1951)

HALSEY, Thomas Jefferson, a Representative from Missouri; born in Dover, Morris County, N.J., May 4, 1863; in 1878 moved to Missouri with his parents, who settled on a farm near Holden, Johnson County; attended public and private schools, Home Academy at Holden, Mo., Holden (Mo.) College, the State normal school at Warrensburg, Mo., and the University of Missouri at Columbia; taught school in 1880 and 1881; engaged in the mercantile business at Holden, Mo., in 1882; member of the State Republican committee 1896-1898; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1896, 1908, and 1912; mayor of Holden 1902-1904; moved to Sedalia, Mo., in 1904 and engaged in the wholesale tea and coffee business; member of the executive committee of the Missouri State Roads commission 1906-1910; moved to Glendale, Calif., in 1910 and engaged in the mercantile business; returned to Holden, Mo., in 1911 and engaged in the milling and grain business; member of the Holden Board of Education in 1911 and 1912; member of the board of regents, Central Missouri Teachers College at Warrensburg, 1928-1932; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; returned to former business activities in Holden, Mo.; died in Westfield, N.J., March 17, 1951; interment in Holden Cemetery, Holden, Mo.

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

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