John Chew Thomas

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John Chew Thomas
John Chew Thomas, head-and-shoulders portrait, right profile LCCN2007676947.tif
BornOctober 15, 1764 Edit this on Wikidata
Perryville Edit this on Wikidata
DiedMay 10, 1836 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 71)
Alma mater

John Chew Thomas (October 15, 1764 – May 10, 1836) was an American politician who served as a Federalist member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland's 2nd congressional district from 1799 to 1801.[1] He also served as a member of the Maryland State House of Delegates from 1796 to 1797.

Born in Perryville, Maryland, Thomas attended private schools and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1783. He moved to "Fairland" in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, around 1789, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia on December 15, 1787 but did not engage in extensive practice. He was elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress, and served from March 4, 1799 to March 3, 1801, but declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1800.

In 1810, Thomas sold Fairland, freed most of his slaves, and moved to Pennsylvania[2], where he lived until his death near Leiperville. He is interred in the Chester Friends Meetinghouse Cemetery in Chester, Pennsylvania.


  • United States Congress. "John Chew Thomas (id: T000173)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ "THOMAS, John Chew". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ Flexner, James Thomas (1993). An American Saga: The Story of Helen Thomas and Simon Flexner. New York: Fordham University Press. pp. 64–66. ISBN 0-8232-1520-2. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Sprigg, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Richard Sprigg, Jr.