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John Lewis THOMAS, Jr.

(1835-1893)

THOMAS, John Lewis, Jr., a Representative from Maryland; born in Baltimore, Md., May 20, 1835; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1856 and commenced practice in Cumberland, Md.; city counselor of Cumberland in 1856 and 1857; moved to Baltimore, Md., in 1857 and continued the practice of law; city solicitor of Baltimore 1860-1862; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1863; State’s attorney 1863-1865; elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edwin H. Webster and served from December 4, 1865, to March 3, 1867; was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for reelection in 1866 to the Fortieth Congress; collector of the port of Baltimore, Md., from 1869 to 1873, and from 1877 to 1882; died in Baltimore, Md., on October 15, 1893; interment in Greenmount Cemetery.

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

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