Thomas W. Cobb

Thomas Willis Cobb (1784 – February 1, 1830) was a United States Representative and Senator from Georgia.

Thomas Willis Cobb
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
December 6, 1824 – November 7, 1828
Preceded byNicholas Ware
Succeeded byOliver H. Prince
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Preceded byWilson Lumpkin
Succeeded byAlfred Cuthbert
In office
March 4, 1823 – December 6, 1824
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byRichard H. Wilde
Personal details
Columbia County, Georgia
DiedFebruary 1, 1830 (aged 45–46)
Greensboro, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic-Republican


Born in Columbia County, Georgia, he pursued preparatory studies, and studied law. He was admitted to the bar and practiced in Lexington, Georgia. He moved to Greensboro and was elected as a Representative to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1817 to March 3, 1821. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Seventeenth Congress, but was elected to the Eighteenth Congress and served from March 4, 1823 to December 6, 1824, when he resigned, having been elected to the U.S. Senate; while a Representative during the Eighteenth Congress, he was chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures. He was elected to the Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Nicholas Ware and served from December 6, 1824 until his resignation in 1828. He was a judge of the superior court of Georgia, and died in Greensboro in 1830. Cobb County, Georgia is named in his honor and its county seat, Marietta, is named for his wife Mary.[1] He was the cousin of Confederate Generals Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb and Howell Cobb.


  1. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 143. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.

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

March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New seat
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1823 – December 6, 1824
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
U.S. senator (Class 2) from Georgia
Served alongside: John Elliott, John M. Berrien
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