Thomas Glascock

Thomas Glascock Jr. (October 21, 1790 – May 19, 1841) was an American politician, soldier and lawyer. His wife was Catherine Rector.

Thomas Glascock Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large district
In office
October 5, 1835 – March 3, 1839
Preceded byJohn W. A. Sanford
Succeeded byMark A. Cooper
Speaker of the
Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byAshbury Hull
Succeeded byJoseph Day
Member of the
Georgia House of Representatives
In office
In office
In office
In office
In office
In office
Personal details
Born(1790-10-21)October 21, 1790
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
DiedMay 19, 1841(1841-05-19) (aged 50)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.

Early yearsEdit

Thomas Glascock, Jr. was born in Augusta, Georgia on October 21, 1790, seven years after the end of the American War of Independence. He studied law, gained admission to the state bar, and began practicing law in a career path that would underpin his later political service. Both his father and grandfather had distinguished themselves in military and political service to the new United States. Brigadier General Thomas Glascock Sr. rescued Count Casimir Pulaski from the Siege of Savannah, while serving in Georgia in the Virginia Dragoons during the American Revolution.[1] General Glascock's subsequent appointment as Marshal of Georgia was conferred upon him by President George Washington on May 31, 1794.[2][3] Thomas Jr's grandfather was Colonel William Glascock, who was acting governor of Georgia for a period during the American Revolution at Augusta. President George Washington stayed with William at the Glascock family plantation in Augusta during his presidency.[1][2]

Military serviceEdit

Glascock was as a captain of Volunteers in the War of 1812. He was subsequently commissioned as a brigadier general in the Georgia Militia and served in the First Seminole War in 1817. During that campaign, he served under General Andrew Jackson, later President of the United States.[1][4][5] When President James Monroe visited Augusta in 1819, Major General Valentine Walker and General Thomas Glascock took him on a tour of the U.S. Arsenal being constructed beside the Savannah River.[6]

Political officeEdit

At the age of 18, Glascock was a delegate to the constitutional convention in 1798. Political offices held by Glascock include the Georgia State House of Representatives (1812, 1817, 1821, 1823, 1831, 1834, 1839) where he also served as speaker in 1833 and 1834.[1] Upon the resignation of John W. A. Sanford, Glascock was elected to fill Sanford's seat in the United States House of Representatives and was reelected in 1836.[7] During his congressional tenure, Glascock served as the chairman of the Committee on Militia.

Death and legacyEdit

After his political career, Glascock lived in Decatur, Georgia and died in that city in 1841. He was buried in the City Cemetery in his birthplace of Augusta. Glascock County, Georgia is named in his honor.[8][9][10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Gordon Burns Smith (1 January 2000). History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861: Campaigns and generals. Boyd Pub. pp. 293–294. ISBN 978-1-890307-32-5.
  2. ^ a b Peach, John Harding (2011). On the banks of the Rappahannock : a captivating story of romance and mystery in colonial virginia. Bloomington, Indiana: Authorhouse. pp. 237–242. ISBN 978-1463419332. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Alexander Hamilton (1973). The Papers of Alexander Hamilton - Letter from (Marshal) Thomas Glascock requesting funds for Court staff. Columbia University Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-231-08917-3.
  4. ^ "The massacre of American Indian allies, 1818". The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "Image of Thomas Glascock (letter) to Andrew Jackson, (Fort Early) April 30, 1818". Library of Congress. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Walker Family Cemetery 1804". Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Benjamin Perley Poore (1878). The Political Register and Congressional Directory: A Statistical Record of the Federal Officials, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, of the United States of America, 1776-1878. Houghton, Osgood. p. 89.
  8. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 138.
  9. ^ "Glascock County". Historical Marker Data Base. November 12, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Charles Edgeworth Jones (1892). Political and Judicial Divisions of the Commonwealth of Georgia. J. P. Harrison. p. 15.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district

October 5, 1835 – March 3, 1839
Succeeded by