Thomas Rivers

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Thomas Rivers
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Tennessee's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1855 March 3, 1857
Preceded by Frederick P. Stanton
Succeeded by William T. Avery
Personal details
Born(1819-09-18)September 18, 1819
Franklin County, Tennessee
DiedMarch 18, 1863(1863-03-18) (aged 43)
Somerville, Tennessee
Political party American Party
Spouse(s)Mary Ann Rivers
Alma mater La Grange College, Alabama
Professionplanter

lawyer

politician

Thomas Rivers (September 18, 1819 – March 18, 1863) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 10th congressional district of Tennessee.

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Biography

Rivers was born in Franklin County, Tennessee on September 18, 1819. He received an academic education and attended La Grange College in Alabama. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1839.

Franklin County, Tennessee County in the United States

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,052. Its county seat is Winchester.

Alabama State of the United States of America

Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th largest by area and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. With a total of 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of inland waterways, Alabama has among the most of any state.

A bar association is a professional association of lawyers. Some bar associations are responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in their jurisdiction; others are professional organizations dedicated to serving their members; in many cases, they are both. In many Commonwealth jurisdictions, the bar association comprises lawyers who are qualified as barristers or advocates in particular, versus solicitors. Membership in bar associations may be mandatory or optional for practicing attorneys, depending on jurisdiction.

Career

Rivers began his practice of law in Somerville, Tennessee. He also served for many years in the state militia ranking as a brigadier general. [1]

Somerville, Tennessee Town in Tennessee, United States

Somerville is a town in Fayette County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Memphis metropolitan area. The population was 3,094 at the 2010 census, up from 2,519 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Fayette County.

Brigadier general or Brigade general is a senior rank in the armed forces. It is the lowest ranking general officer in some countries, usually sitting between the ranks of colonel and major general. When appointed to a field command, a brigadier general is typically in command of a brigade consisting of around 4,000 troops. In some countries a brigadier general is informally designated as a one-star general (OF-6).

Elected as the candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress, but not a candidate for renomination in 1856, Rivers served from March 4, 1855 to March 3, 1857. [2]

Know Nothing American political movement and party in the 19th century with anti-catholic tendency

The Native American Party, renamed the American Party in 1855 and commonly known as the Know Nothing movement, was an American nativist political party that operated nationally in the mid-1850s. It was primarily anti-Catholic, xenophobic, and hostile to immigration, starting originally as a secret society. The movement briefly emerged as a major political party in the form of the American Party. Adherents to the movement were to reply "I know nothing" when asked about its specifics by outsiders, thus providing the group with its common name.

Resuming his profession, Rivers continued the practice of law until his death on his plantation near Somerville, Tennessee.

Death

Rivers died on March 18, 1863. He is interred in Somerville Cemetery, Somerville, Tennessee. [3]

Burial ritual act of placing a dead person into the ground

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References

  1. "Thomas Rivers". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  2. "Thomas Rivers". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  3. "Thomas Rivers". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 27 March 2013.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick P. Stanton
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 10th congressional district

1855–1857
Succeeded by
William T. Avery