(3 February, 1799 -- 22 January, 1876) Thomas was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Frederick County, Md., Thomas studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1820. Thomas was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second through Twenty-fourth Congresses and as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses. After serving as governor of Maryland from 1841 to 1844, Thomas was a member of the Maryland State constitutional convention in 1850 and then was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress, as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses, and as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress.
[Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]
Maryland Delegation - United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65
Maryland Delegation - The Road to Civil War
Maryland Delegation - United States Fifteenth Amendment
Maryland Delegation - United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866