|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 3rd district|
March 4, 1927 – March 4, 1933
|Preceded by||John H. Smithwick|
|Succeeded by||Millard Caldwell|
Thomas Alva Yon
March 14, 1882
Blountstown, Florida, U.S.
|Died||February 16, 1971 (aged 88)|
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
|Resting place||Oakland Cemetery, Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.|
|Mother||Laura D. Lockey|
|Father||Higdon Almarin Yon|
|Education||Lanier Southern Business College|
Thomas Alva Yon was born to Higdon Almarin Yon and Laura D. Lockey near Blountstown, Florida on March 14, 1882. At the age of five, his family moved to a farm in Jackson County, Florida. Yon attended rural schools and graduated from Lanier Southern Business College in Macon, Georgia in 1903. He returned to Blountstown in 1903 and engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1906. He engaged as a traveling salesman in Tallahassee, Florida from 1906 to 1927. He served as delegate to the 1920 Democratic National Convention.
Yon was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in the 1926 elections, and was twice re-elected, serving from March 4, 1927 to March 4, 1933, in the 70th, 71st, and 72nd Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932. He was a supporter of the building of Naval Air Station Pensacola. During the 1932 Democratic Party presidential primaries he supported Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt for the nomination.
Yon served as a special and commercial agent in the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce of the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. from 1933 to 1940. He served as assistant investigator in the Division of Investigation of the General Accounting Office from 1941 until his retirement in January 1946. Yon engaged in development and sale of his Florida real estate holdings after retirement.
- "View Genealogy for Thomas Alva Yon (3/14/1882-2/16/1971)". www.littletownmart.com.
- "Tom Yon Calls On Roosevelt". Tallahassee Democrat. November 30, 1931. p. 3. Archived from the original on January 29, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Ex-Congressman Tom Yon Dead". Tallahassee Democrat. February 16, 1971. p. 10. Archived from the original on January 29, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- United States Congress. "Tom Yon (id: Y000021)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Tom Yon at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
John H. Smithwick
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd congressional district
1927 – 1933
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