Thomas Wilson (Minnesota)

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The Honourable
Thomas Wilson
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Minnesota's 1st congressional district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Preceded by Milo White
Succeeded by Mark H. Dunnell
Chief Justice of the
Minnesota Supreme Court
In office
1865–1869
Nominated by Stephen Miller
Preceded by LaFayette Emmett
Succeeded by James Gilfillan
Associate Justice of the
Minnesota Supreme Court
In office
1864–1865
Nominated by Stephen Miller
Personal details
Born May 16, 1827
Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland
Died April 3, 1910
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nationality American
Political party Democratic

Thomas Wilson (May 16, 1827 – April 3, 1910) was an American lawyer, Minnesota congressman and state legislator, associate justice and the 2nd chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Wilson was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland; attended the common schools; immigrated to the United States in 1839 with his parents, who settled in Venango County, Pennsylvania; was graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1852; studied law; was admitted to the bar in February 1855 and commenced practice in Winona, Minnesota; member of the Minnesota Constitutional convention in 1857; judge of the third judicial district court 1857 – 1864; associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1864; chief justice from 1865 to July 1869, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law; member of the Minnesota House of Representatives 1880 – 1882; served in the Minnesota Senate 1882–1885; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for re-election; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1890; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; general counsel for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad until his death in Saint Paul, Minnesota, April 3, 1910; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minnesota.

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

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Milo White
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 1st congressional district
1887–1889
Succeeded by
Mark H. Dunnell