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Thomas Jefferson MAJORS

(1841-1932)

MAJORS, Thomas Jefferson, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Libertyville, Jefferson County, Iowa, June 25, 1841; attended the common and select schools of Libertyville and the Nebraska State Normal School; moved to Peru, Nebr., in 1860; engaged in mercantile pursuits; Union Army, first lieutenant of Company C, First Regiment, Nebraska Volunteer Infantry, and served successively as captain, major, and lieutenant colonel of that regiment, June 1861-June 15, 1866; member of the last Territorial council of Nebraska in 1866; member of the first Nebraska state senate, 1867-1869; appointed assessor of internal revenue for the district of Nebraska in 1869-1872; pursuant to the Nebraska state legislature, elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress as a contingent (or additional) Member but did not present his credentials; elected as Republican by special election to the Forty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Frank Welch (November 5, 1878-March 3, 1879); pursuant to the Nebraska state legislature again elected a contingent (or additional) Member to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses, but the House, on February 24, 1883, disallowed Nebraska’s claim to an additional Member and refused to seat him (see Congressional Directory, 47th Cong., 2nd sess. [February 24, 1883], 3247-3252); director of the Citizens’ State Bank of Peru; lieutenant-governor of Nebraska, 1890-1894; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1894; member of the State board of education and served as its president; died on July 11, 1932, in Peru, Nebr.; interment in Mount Vernon Cemetery.

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

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