Thomas Sinnickson (merchant)

Thomas Sinnickson (December 21, 1744 – May 15, 1817) was an American merchant and statesman from Salem, New Jersey. He represented New Jersey at-large in the U.S. House in 1789–1791 and again in 1797–1799.[1]

He was the granduncle of Clement Hall Sinnickson and uncle of Thomas Sinnickson. He was born near Salem, Salem County, New Jersey, December 21, 1744; completed preparatory studies; engaged in mercantile pursuits; served as captain in the Continental Army; held several local offices; member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1777, 1782, 1784, 1785, 1787, and 1788; elected to the First Congress (March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1791); elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress (March 4, 1797 – March 3, 1799); died in Salem, N.J., May 15, 1817; interment in St. John's Episcopal Cemetery, in Salem.


  1. ^ Vuorinen, Asko (December 27, 2012). "The Delaware Finns". Retrieved 2013-07-27. Second notable Finn, who was the first representative of New Jersey in United States Congress, was Thomas Sinnicksson. He was born in December 21, 1744 in Salem County, New Jersey. He served as a captain in the Revolutionary Army in New Jersey Militia. He was elected as Federalist to the first Congress (1789-1791) and to the fifth Congress (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1799). He died in Salem, New Jersey, May 15, 1817 and was buried in St’Johns’s Episcopal Cemetery. His grandfather was Broer Sinnick, who arrived in Delaware in 1656 in a ship Mercurius. His name comes from his mother’s name Sinikka, because his mother and father were not married. His son was Bruer Sinnexson, who had a son James Sinex. The descendants in a line were James Jr., Henry and Henry Jr. Henry Junior had a son Thomas Sinnickson, who became the congressman. Thomas married Hannah Llewellyn in 1814 in Philadelphia. They had ten children and their descendants have been documented. One of them is his grandson Clement Hall Sinnickson (1834-1919), who was also a representative of New Jersey in U.S. Congress (1875-79). He served in Civil War in Union Army. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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

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

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