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Richard Thomas (December 30, 1744 – January 19, 1832) was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Federalist member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district from 1795 to 1801. He also served in the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 9th Senatorial District from 1791 to 1793.

Richard Thomas
James Peale (1749–1831) - Colonel Richard Thomas.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district
In office
March 4, 1795 to March 3, 1801
Preceded bysee below
Succeeded byJoseph Hemphill
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 9th district
In office
1791–1793
Preceded bydistrict created
Personal details
BornDecember 30, 1744
West Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania
DiedJanuary 19, 1832(1832-01-19) (aged 87)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyFederalist

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Early life and educationEdit

Thomas was born in West Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania and was educated at home by private teachers. He served in the American Revolutionary War as colonel of the First Regiment, Chester County Volunteers of the Pennsylvania militia.[1]

CareerEdit

Thomas was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 9th Senatorial District and served from 1791 to 1793.[1]

In 1793, he was appointed a brigadier-general of militia by Governor Thomas Mifflin but declined to accept the role.[2]

He was elected as a Federalist to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1795 to March 3, 1801.[3] He engaged in agricultural pursuits and in 1832 died in Philadelphia.

Thomas is interred at the Friends Western Burial Ground in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Thomas married Thomazine Downing who was the grand-daughter of Thomas Downing, founder of Downingtown, Pennsylvania.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Richard Thomas". www.legis.state.pa.us. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. ^ Futhey, James Smith (1881). History of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts. p. 742. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  3. ^ Ashmeade, Henry Graham (1884). History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co. p. 272. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Richard Thomas". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  5. ^ Browning, Charles Henry (1912). Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: William J. Campbell. p. 211. Retrieved 23 December 2018.

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