Born in Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia), Hinds would later move to Greenville, Mississippi. He served as major of cavalry in the War of 1812 and distinguished himself at the Battle of New Orleans, later being brevetted brigadier general for gallantry.
Hinds' political career began in August 1819 when he ran for Governor of Mississippi against George Poindexter. He was soundly defeated, receiving 38% of the vote to Poindexter's 62%. Following the resignation of William Haile on September 12, 1828, he was elected to the 20th Congress and took office on October 21, 1828. He held that position until March 3, 1831.
Hinds died on August 23, 1840 in "Old Greenville" (Jefferson County, Mississippi). Hinds County, Mississippi was named in his honor.
Thomas was married to Laminda Green the daughter of Congressman Thomas M. Green
- Thomas Hinds - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Thomas Hinds - The Political Graveyard
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