Napoleon B. Thistlewood

Napoleon Bonaparte Thistlewood (March 30, 1837 – September 15, 1915) was a U.S. Representative from the state of Illinois.

Napoleon B. Thistlewood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 25th district
In office
February 15, 1908 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byGeorge Washington Smith
Succeeded byRobert P. Hill
Personal details
Born(1837-03-30)March 30, 1837
Kent County, Delaware
DiedSeptember 15, 1915(1915-09-15) (aged 78)
Cairo, Illinois
Political partyRepublican


Napoleon Thistlewood was born in Kent County, Delaware, near the town of Harrington. He attended the public schools in that area. In 1858 he moved to Mason, Illinois, and engaged in mercantile pursuits.

Thistlewood served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After the war he returned to Mason and resumed business pursuits. He later moved to Cairo, Illinois, where he served two terms as that city's mayor, 1879-1883 and 1897-1901. He died in Cairo in 1915. He was interred in Beech Grove Cemetery, Mounds, Illinois.

Military and government serviceEdit

Thistlewood enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 and served as captain of Company C, Ninety-eighth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served in the Army of the Cumberland, in Wilder's Brigade, and with Wilson's Cavalry Corps.

At the conclusion of his second mayoral term in Cairo, Thistlewood was named Department Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic for Illinois (1901).

Thistlewood was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the 1907 death of George W. Smith. He was elected to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses and served from February 1908 to March 1913. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress. He retired and was a resident of Cairo, Illinois, until his death in that city on 15 September 1915.


  • United States Congress. "Napoleon B. Thistlewood (id: T000154)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-15

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George W. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert P. Hill