Thomas J. Strait

Thomas Jefferson Strait (December 25, 1846 – April 18, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Thomas Jefferson Strait
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1899
Preceded byJohn J. Hemphill
Succeeded byDavid E. Finley
Member of the South Carolina Senate
In office
1890 – 1893
Personal details
Born(1846-12-25)December 25, 1846
Chester District, South Carolina
DiedApril 18, 1924(1924-04-18) (aged 77)
Lancaster, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Katherine Lathrop
Alma materSouth Carolina Medical College
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Years of service1862 – 1865
RankConfederate States of America Sergeant-Infantry.svg Sergeant
UnitSouth Carolina 6th South Carolina Infantry, 24th South Carolina Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Born in Chester District, South Carolina, Strait attended the common schools of Mayesville, South Carolina, and Cooper Institute, Mississippi. During the Civil War entered the Confederate States Army in 1862 and served throughout the war, first in Company A, Sixth Regiment of Infantry, and later as sergeant in Company H, Twenty-fourth Regiment, Gist's brigade. He engaged in agricultural pursuits. He taught school in Ebenezer, South Carolina, in 1880. He was graduated from South Carolina Medical College at Charleston in 1885 and practiced medicine. He served as member of the State senate 1890-1893.

Strait was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1899). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress. He resumed the practice of his profession in Lancaster, South Carolina, and died there on April 18, 1924. He was interred in Westside Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Thomas J. Strait (id: S000989)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Hemphill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th congressional district

1893 – 1899
Succeeded by
David E. Finley