Thomas Wilson (Virginia politician)

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Thomas Wilson
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1811 March 3, 1813
Preceded by William McKinley
Succeeded by John G. Jackson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Monongalia County
In office
Alongside Ralph Berkshire
In office
Alongside John Evans
Member of the Virginia Senate from Monongalia, Ohio, Harrison, Wood, Brooke and Randolph Counties
In office
Preceded by John Haymond
Succeeded by Philip Doddridge
Member of the Virginia Senate from Monongalia, Ohio, Randolph and Harrison Counties
In office
Preceded by John Duval
Succeeded by John Haymond
Personal details
Born(1765-09-11)September 11, 1765
Staunton, Virginia
Died January 24, 1826(1826-01-24) (aged 60)
Morganton, Virginia
Political party Federalist
Profession lawyer
Military service
Battles/wars War of 1812

Thomas Wilson (September 11, 1765 – January 24, 1826) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, father of Edgar Campbell Wilson and grandfather of Eugene McLanahan Wilson.

United States House of Representatives lower house of the United States Congress

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they comprise the legislature of the United States.

Virginia State of the United States of America

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first English colonial possession established in mainland North America and "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2017 is over 8.4 million.

Edgar Campbell Wilson was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, son of Thomas Wilson and father of Eugene McLanahan Wilson.


Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia, and studied law there. He was admitted to the bar on September 21, 1789, and commenced practice in Morgantown, Virginia (now West Virginia). He served as member of the Virginia Senate from 1792 to 1795 and in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1799 and 1800. He was again a member of the Virginia Senate 1800-1804.

Staunton, Virginia Independent city in Virginia, United States

Staunton is an independent city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,746. In Virginia, independent cities are separate jurisdictions from the counties that surround them, so the government offices of Augusta County are in Verona, which is contiguous to Staunton.

Admission to the bar in the United States

Admission to the bar in the United States is the granting of permission by a particular court system to a lawyer to practice law in the jurisdiction and before those courts. Each U.S. state and similar jurisdiction has its own court system and sets its own rules for bar admission, which can lead to different admission standards among states. In most cases, a person is "admitted" or "called" to the bar of the highest court in the jurisdiction and is thereby authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction. In addition, Federal Courts of the United States, although often overlapping in admission standards with states, set their own requirements for practice in each of those courts.

Morgantown, West Virginia City in West Virginia, United States

Morgantown is a city in and the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States, situated along the banks of the Monongahela River. It is known as the home of West Virginia University and the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. With a permanent population of 31,073 per the 2015 U.S. Census estimates, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia. The Morgantown metropolitan area has a population of 138,176.

Wilson was elected as a Federalist to the Twelfth Congress (March 4, 1811 March 3, 1813) defeating Democratic-Republican William McKinley. He was again a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1816 and 1817, after which he resumed the practice of law.

12th United States Congress

The Twelfth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, consisting of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, D.C. from March 4, 1811, to March 4, 1813, during the third and fourth years of James Madison's presidency. The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives was based on the Second Census of the United States in 1800. Both chambers had a Democratic-Republican majority.

He died in Morgantown, January 24, 1826 and was interred in Oak Grove Cemetery.


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.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William McKinley
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John G. Jackson

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