Thomas H. Averett

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Thomas Hamlet Averett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Thomas Flournoy
Succeeded by John Caskie
Member of the Virginia Senate
In office
1848 – 1849
Personal details
Born July 10, 1800
Halifax County, Virginia
Died June 30, 1855(1855-06-30) (aged 54)
Halifax County, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Jefferson Medical College
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Rank Served as drummer boy
Battles/wars War of 1812

Thomas Hamlet Averett (July 10, 1800 – June 30, 1855) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Biography[edit]

Born near Halifax, Virginia, Averett attended the common schools. He served as a drummer boy in the War of 1812. He studied medicine. He was graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and practiced in Halifax and the adjacent counties. He served in the State senate in 1848 and 1849. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress.

Averett was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1852. He resumed the practice of medicine in Halifax County. He died near Halifax Court House, Virginia, June 30, 1855. He was interred in the family burial ground near Halifax Court House.

Elections[edit]

  • 1849; Averett was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 50.75% of the vote, defeating Whig Thomas Stanhope Flournoy.
  • 1851; Averett was re-elected with 57.38% of the vote, defeating Whig Flournoy.

Sources[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Flournoy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

1847 – 1849
Succeeded by
John Caskie