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CHINN, Thomas Withers

1791–1852

Biography

CHINN, Thomas Withers, (cousin of Robert Enoch Withers), a Representative from Louisiana; born near Cynthiana, Harrison County, Ky., November 22, 1791; attended the rural schools of his community and was also tutored by his father; served as a private in the First Rifles of the Kentucky Militia Volunteers from August 15, 1812, to October 14, 1812; clerked in a general store in Cynthiana until 1813; moved to Woodville, Miss., and engaged in mercantile pursuits; studied medicine and commenced the practice of his profession in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, La., about 1817; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in St. Francisville; appointed judge of West Feliciana Parish in 1826; moved to Cypress Hall plantation, near Baton Rouge, in West Baton Rouge Parish, La., in 1831; continued the practice of law and also engaged in sugarcane planting; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; appointed by President Taylor as Minister to the Two Sicilies on June 5, 1849, but did not assume his duties because of ill health; died at his plantation in West Baton Rouge Parish, La., on May 22, 1852; interment at Grosse Tete, La., near Rosedale, La.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Chinn, Thomas Withers. Letter of Thomas W. Chinn to Hon. Thomas Gibbs Morgan, president of the Whig Convention, of the Second Congressional District in the State of Louisiana, convened at the town of Baton Rouge, on the 20th of January, 1840. Washington: Printed by J. Gideon, Jr., [1840].

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