Thomas Mathews (politician)
|7th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates|
|Preceded by||Joseph Prentis|
|Succeeded by||John Wise|
Saint Kitts, West Indies
|Service/branch||Virginia provincial militia|
|Years of service||Militia: 1776-1783|
|Battles/wars||American Revolutionary War
• Battle of Great Bridge
• Battle of Yorktown
Thomas Mathews (1742–1812) was an American Revolutionary War general and Virginia politician. He represented Norfolk Borough in the Virginia House of Delegates, and served as that body's Speaker from 1782 until 1793.
Thomas Mathews was born c. 1742 on Saint Kitts, an island of the West Indies. He was appointed brigadier general in the Virginia militia in 1776, and led a company to the Battle of Great Bridge, and later to the Battle of Yorktown. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in post-war years and after serving in house for several years was elected its Speaker in 1782, remaining as such through the 1793 legislation. He was afterward a candidate for the governorship of Virginia, but he withdrew his nomination.
- Harris, J.D. (1901) General Thomas Mathews. The Virginia Law Register , Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul., 1901), pp. 153-158 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1100495 Retrieved October 25, 2013
- List of former Speakers of the House of Delegates, in the old House chamber in the Virginia State Capitol
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