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Thomas Marion Eaton (August 3, 1896 – September 16, 1939) served briefly as a U.S. Representative from California in 1939.

Thomas M. Eaton
Thomas M. Eaton (California Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 18th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – September 16, 1939
Preceded byByron N. Scott
Succeeded byWilliam Ward Johnson
Personal details
Born(1896-08-03)August 3, 1896
near Edwardsville, Illinois
DiedSeptember 16, 1939(1939-09-16) (aged 43)
Long Beach, California
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceLong Beach
ProfessionAutomobile sales


Born on a farm near Edwardsville, Illinois, Eaton attended the public schools. He graduated from the State Normal School (now Illinois State University) in Normal in 1917. He served as principal of a grade school in Clinton, Illinois, in 1917 and 1918. During the First World War served in the United States Navy as an ensign.

He moved to Long Beach, California, in 1921 and engaged in the automobile sales business.

Eaton was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 1934. He was reelected in 1936, and was unanimously chosen mayor by the council.

Eaton was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in Long Beach, California, September 16, 1939. Eaton's seat remained vacant until his elected successor, William Ward Johnson, took office in January 1941. He was interred in Sunnyside Mausoleum.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Thomas M. Eaton (id: E000026)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Byron N. Scott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 18th congressional district

January 3, 1939 - September 16, 1939
Succeeded by
Vacant until January 1941
next held by William Ward Johnson

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