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MCRAE, Thomas Chipman

McRAE, Thomas Chipman
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1851–1929

Biography

McRAE, Thomas Chipman, (cousin of Thomas Banks Cabaniss), a Representative from Arkansas; born in Mount Holly, Union County, Ark., December 21, 1851; attended private schools in Shady Grove, Columbia County, in Mount Holly, Union County, and in Falcon, Nevada County, Ark.; was graduated from Soule Business College, New Orleans, La., in 1869, and from the law school of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1872; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Rosston, Nevada County, Ark.; appointed election commissioner in 1874; member of the State house of representatives in 1877; chairman of the Democratic State conventions of 1884 and 1902; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James K. Jones; reelected to the Fiftieth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from December 7, 1885, to March 3, 1903; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); voluntarily retired; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in banking in Prescott, Ark.; president of the Arkansas Bar Association in 1917 and 1918; member of the Arkansas constitutional convention in 1918; Governor of Arkansas from January 14, 1921, to January 14, 1925; elected life member Arkansas Democratic State convention in 1926; resumed the practice of law and engaged in banking until his death in Prescott, Ark., on June 2, 1929; interment in De Ann Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Arkansas History Commission

Little Rock, AR
Papers: 1871-1928, amount unknown. The collection includes speeches and writings of Governor Thomas C. McRae.
Papers: 1921-1922, 3 items. Correspondents include J.B. Simms, Rev. S.J. Altheimer, and H.D. Tomlinson.
Papers: 1921-1925, 3 cubic feet. The collection includes the gubernatorial papers of Governor Thomas C. McRae.
Papers: 1928, 2 items. Correspondence between Thomas C. McRae in Prescott, Ark., and Paul Gabriel in Little Rock.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the William H. Moody Papers, 1879-1916, 3.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Thomas Chipman McRae.

University of Arkansas
Special Collections Department

Fayetteville, AR
Papers: 1879-1938, 1.5 feet. The papers of Thomas Chipman McRae include correspondence, speeches, clippings, essays, memoranda, pamphlets, reports, bulletins, receipts, invoices, minutes of meetings, legislative bills, lists, invitations, notes, broadsides, and other documents relating to the personal, familial, professional, business, political, and other affairs of Thomas Chipman McRae, banker, lawyer, and legislator, United States Congressman (1885-1903), and Governor of Arkansas (1921- 1924). A finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Grant, James Richard. The Life of Thomas C. McRae, Arkansas' Educational Governor, 1921-1925. Russellville, Ark.: Russellville Printing Company, 1932.

McRae, Thomas Chipman. Dingley deficiency. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1898].

------. Free silver and not bankruptcy. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. From bimetallism to the gold standard. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900].

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