Thomas Ryan (congressman)

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Thomas Ryan
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Kansas's 3rd & 4th district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1885
March 4, 1885 – April 4, 1889
Preceded by William R. Brown
Succeeded by Bishop W. Perkins
Harrison Kelley
Personal details
Born(1837-11-25)November 25, 1837
Oxford, New York, US
DiedApril 5, 1914(1914-04-05) (aged 76)
Muskogee, Oklahoma, US
Political party Republican
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Thomas Ryan (November 25, 1837 – April 5, 1914) was a nineteenth-century politician and lawyer from Kansas.

Kansas State of the United States of America

Kansas is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county being Johnson County. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north; Missouri on the east; Oklahoma on the south; and Colorado on the west. Kansas is named after the Kansas River, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native Americans who lived along its banks. The tribe's name is often said to mean "people of the (south) wind" although this was probably not the term's original meaning. For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison.


Born in Oxford, New York, Ryan moved to Bradford County, Pennsylvania with his parents, attended Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1861. During the Civil War, he served in the Union Army from 1862 to 1864, moved to Topeka, Kansas in 1865 and served as prosecuting attorney of Shawnee County, Kansas from 1865 to 1873. Ryan was Assistant United States Attorney for Kansas from 1873 to 1877, was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1876, serving from 1877 to 1889 and was appointed Ambassador to Mexico by President Benjamin Harrison in 1889, serving until 1893. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Interior by President William McKinley in 1897, serving until 1907 when he was sent to Muskogee, Oklahoma as the personal resident representative of the Secretary of the Interior which he served as until his death in Muskogee on April 5, 1914. Ryan was interred in Topeka Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas.

Oxford, New York Town in New York, United States

Oxford is a town in Chenango County, New York, United States. The town contains a village also named Oxford. Oxford is an interior town in the south-central part of the county, southwest of the city of Norwich. At the 2010 census the town population was 3,901. The name derives from that of the native town of an early landowner from New England

Bradford County, Pennsylvania County in the United States

Bradford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 62,622. Its county seat is Towanda. The county was created on February 21, 1810, from parts of Lycoming and Luzerne counties. Originally called Ontario County, it was reorganized and separated from Lycoming County on October 13, 1812, and renamed Bradford County for William Bradford, who had been a chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and United States Attorney General.

Williamsport, Pennsylvania City in Pennsylvania, United States

Williamsport is a city in, and the county seat of, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. In 2017, the population was estimated at 28,348. It is the principal city of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of about 114,000.

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all present and former members of the United States Congress and its predecessor, the Continental Congress. Also included are Delegates from territories and the District of Columbia and Resident Commissioners from the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William R. Brown
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Bishop W. Perkins
Preceded by
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1885 – April 4, 1889
Succeeded by
Harrison Kelley
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward S. Bragg
United States Ambassador to Mexico
March 30, 1889 – May 27, 1893
Succeeded by
Isaac P. Gray

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