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Thomas WILSON

(1772-1824)

WILSON, Thomas, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pa., in 1772; attended the common schools; had the contract for supplying the western forts of the United States from Niagara to New Orleans; engaged in shipbuilding in Erie, Pa., in 1805; built vessels for commerce on the Great Lakes; burgess of Erie in 1807; town clerk in 1808; treasurer of Erie County 1809-1812; county commissioner in 1811; justice of the peace; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Abner Lacock; reelected to the Fourteenth Congress and served from May 4, 1813, to March 3, 1817; member of the State house of representatives 1817-1820; prothonotary and clerk of court of Erie County 1819-1824; died in Erie, Pa., October 4, 1824.

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

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