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Christopher Yancy THOMAS

(1818-1879)

THOMAS, Christopher Yancy, a Representative from Virginia; born in Pittsylvania County, Va., March 24, 1818; attended the common schools, and was graduated from a private academy in 1838; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Martinsville, Henry County, Va.; served in the State senate 1860-1864; member of the commission to settle the boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina; treasurer of Henry County; prosecuting attorney for Henry County; member of the State constitutional convention in 1868; elected to the State house of delegates in 1869; successfully contested as a Republican the election of Alexander M. Davis to the Forty-third Congress and served from March 5, 1874, to March 3, 1875; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Martinsville, Va., February 11, 1879; interment in the family cemetery at Leatherwood, Henry County, Va.

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

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