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Thomas Gerstle Abernethy (May 16, 1903 – June 11, 1998) was a member of the United States House of Representatives.[1]

Thomas Abernethy
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byAaron L. Ford
Succeeded byJohn B. Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byJohn E. Rankin
Succeeded byJamie L. Whitten
Personal details
Thomas Gerstle Abernethy

(1903-05-16)May 16, 1903
Eupora, Mississippi
DiedJune 11, 1998(1998-06-11) (aged 95)
Jackson, Mississippi
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Alice Lamb Abernethy
ChildrenMargaret Gail A. Doty, Thomas G. Abernethy Jr., and Alice Kay A. Martin.


Early lifeEdit

Thomas Gerstle Abertheny was born on May 16, 1903 in Eupora, Mississippi. He attended the local public schools. He studied at the University of Alabama, and the University of Mississippi, and graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 1924.


He was admitted to the bar and started practicing in his hometown through 1929, when he moved to Okolona, Mississippi. He served as the district attorney for the third judicial district of Mississippi from 1936 through 1942.

In 1942, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, where he served through 1973. He retired to live in Okolona, Mississippi, and Jackson, Mississippi, until he died in 1998.

Having been a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education, in 1964 he voted against the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

During his career, he proposed a number of constitutional amendments relating to school prayer and elections of the President and Vice President.[2]


He died on June 11, 1998.


  1. ^ Boller, Paul F.; George, John (1990). They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions. Oxford University Press. pp. 14–16. ISBN 978-0-19-506469-8.
  2. ^ "Amending America: Proposed Amendments to the United States Constitution, 1787 to 2014 -". Retrieved 2016-07-29.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Aaron L. Ford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John B. Williams
Preceded by
John E. Rankin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Jamie L. Whitten