Thomas Speed (October 25, 1768 – February 20, 1842) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
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Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, (because in Kentucky's first constitution, the name state was used) Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky split from it and became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States.
Born in Charlotte County, Virginia, Speed was taught by his father Captain James Speed. He moved with his parents to Kentucky in 1782. He was employed in the office of the clerk of the general court. He engaged in mercantile pursuits at Danville and Bardstown in 1790. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as clerk of the Bullitt and Nelson circuit courts. He served as major of Volunteers in the War of 1812.
Charlotte County is a United States county located in the south central part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its county seat is the town of Charlotte Court House. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 12,586. Charlotte County is predominately rural with a population density of only 26.5 persons per square mile.
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Speed was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. He resumed agricultural pursuits. He also contributed articles to the National Intelligencer , Washington, D.C.. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1821, 1822, and again in 1840. He was a member of the Whig Party when it was organized. He died on his farm, near Bardstown, Kentucky, February 20, 1842. He was interred on his farm, "Cottage Grove," near Bardstown, Kentucky.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Kentucky's 10th congressional district
March 4, 1817 –March 3, 1819
|15th||Senate: I. Talbot | J. J. Crittenden||House: R. M. Johnson | J. Desha | H. Clay | A. New | D. Trimble | D. Walker | G. Robertson | R. C. Anderson Jr. | T. Quarles | T. Speed|