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Thomas Gallagher (Illinois)

Thomas Gallagher (July 6, 1850 – February 24, 1930) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Thomas Gallagher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byCharles McGavin
Succeeded byStanley H. Kunz
Personal details
Born(1850-07-06)July 6, 1850
Concord, New Hampshire
DiedFebruary 24, 1930(1930-02-24) (aged 79)
San Antonio, Texas
Political partyDemocratic

Born in Concord, New Hampshire, Gallagher moved to Chicago in 1866. He attended the public schools. Learned the trade of iron molder. He entered the hat business in Chicago in 1878. He served as director of the Cook County State Savings Bank. He served as member of the city council of Chicago 1893-1897. He served as member of the board of education 1897-1903. He served as chairman of the Democratic central committee of Cook County in 1902. He served as president of the Democratic county committee in 1906 and 1907 and a member of the executive committee in 1909, 1911, and 1913.

Gallagher was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1921). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress. He retired from active pursuits and resided in Chicago, Illinois. He died February 24, 1930, in San Antonio, Texas, while on a visit. He was interred in St. Boniface Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.


  • United States Congress. "Thomas Gallagher (id: G000018)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles McGavin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1909 - March 3, 1921
Succeeded by
Stanley H. Kunz