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Thomas Lee (November 28, 1780 – November 2, 1856) was an American Jacksonian Party politician who represented New Jersey at large in the United States House of Representatives from 1833-1837.

Lee was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 28, 1780. He resided in Chester Valley, Pennsylvania during his earlier years and attended the common schools. He moved to Leesburg, New Jersey (within Maurice River Township, about 1798 and to Port Elizabeth in 1805. He became a merchant, shipbuilder, and landowner. He was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1813–1815 and a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1814 and 1815. He was postmaster of Port Elizabeth from 1818–1833 and 1846-1849.

Lee was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, serving in office from March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837, and was chairman of the Committee on Accounts in the Twenty-fourth Congress.

He was founder of Port Elizabeth Library and Academy. He died in Port Elizabeth on November 2, 1856, and was interred in the Methodist Episcopal Churchyard.


  • United States Congress. "Thomas Lee (id: L000205)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Thomas Lee at The Political Graveyard

The death year for Thomas Lee in this article is incorrect as evidenced by his will. He died in 1855, not 1856.

Wills, Cumberland Co., NJ. Book E, pp. 18–20. Recorded 15 Nov 1855.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lewis Condict
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
John P. B. Maxwell