Thomas Jenkins Semmes
|Confederate States Senator
February 18, 1862 – May 10, 1865
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
December 16, 1824|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||June 23, 1899
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Semmes was born in Washington, D.C. He studied law, passed the bar exam, and established a practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. Semmes served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, the state attorney general, and was a delegate to the Louisiana secession convention in 1861. He was later a Confederate Senator in 1862-1865. His home in Federal-occupied New Orleans was commandeered by order of Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler to quarter Union troops. Semmes was a strong supporter and advocate of Louisiana troops, including the famed Louisiana Tigers, in which his brother Andrew served as a regimental surgeon.
Semmes died in New Orleans and was interred in Metairie Cemetery.
|Attorney General of Louisiana
|Confederate States Senate|
|New constituency||Confederate States Senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Edward Sparrow
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