THOMAS, David

1762–1831

Biography

THOMAS, David, a Representative from New York; born in Pelham, Mass., June 11, 1762; completed preparatory studies; served as a volunteer in 1777; joined the Fifth Massachusetts Regiment as a corporal in 1781, and later became sergeant in the Third Massachusetts Regiment; moved to Salem, Washington County, N.Y., in 1784, where he conducted a tavern for several years; commissioned captain in the State militia in 1786; rose to the rank of major general of the northern division of the Militia of New York in 1805; engaged in mercantile pursuits; member of the State assembly 1794 and 1798-1800; supervisor of the town of Salem 1797-1800; justice of the peace 1798-1801, 1804, and 1811; elected as a Republican to the Seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1801, to May 1, 1808, when he resigned; served as treasurer of the State of New York from February 5, 1808, to February 8, 1810, and again from February 18, 1812, to February 10, 1813; moved to Providence, R.I., where he died November 27, 1831; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Salem, N.Y.

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

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External Research Collections

Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Nathan Smith Lincoln Family Papers, ca. 1717-2000, 3.25 cubic feet. Persons represented include David Thomas.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collection Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Richard Cutts Papers, 1753-1886, approximately 185 items. Correspondents include David Thomas.
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