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Thomas Louis Glenn (February 2, 1847 – November 18, 1918) was an attorney and politician from Idaho. Glenn served a single term as a Populist in Congress from 1901 to 1903, representing the state at-large.

Thomas L. Glenn
Thomas L. Glenn (Idaho Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byEdgar Wilson
Succeeded byBurton L. French
Personal details
Born(1847-02-02)February 2, 1847
Bardwell, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedNovember 18, 1918(1918-11-18) (aged 71)
Montpelier, Idaho, U.S.
Resting placeMontpelier City Cemetery
Montpelier, Idaho, U.S.
Political partyPopulist
Spouse(s)Nellie S. Jones Glenn
ResidenceMontpelier, Idaho


Glenn was born near Bardwell, Kentucky on February 2, 1847. He attended school in Kentucky and Evansville Commercial College in Evansville, Indiana.

During the American Civil War served in the Confederate States Army as a member of Company F, Second Kentucky Cavalry Regiment. He was wounded at the Battle of Mount Sterling on June 9, 1864. He was subsequently captured, and imprisoned at Transylvania University until he was paroled in September.

After the war Glenn worked on his family's farm. He was Ballard County Clerk from 1874 to 1882. From 1887 to 1891 he served in the Kentucky Senate.

Glenn studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1890, and began a practice in Montpelier, Idaho.

In 1900 Glenn was elected as a Populist to the Fifty-seventh Congress, and he served one term, March 4, 1901 to March 3, 1903. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1902.

Glenn served as Mayor of Montpelier in 1904, and also served as the local prosecuting attorney.

He died in Montpelier on November 18, 1918, and was buried at City Cemetery in Montpelier.


  • United States Congress. "Thomas L. Glenn (id: G000239)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Thomas L. Glenn at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edgar Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's at-large congressional district

1901 – 1903
Succeeded by
Burton L. French