Thomas H. B. Browne

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Thomas Henry Bayly Browne
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byThomas Croxton
Succeeded byWilliam A. Jones
Personal details
Born(1844-02-08)February 8, 1844
Drummondtown, Virginia
DiedAugust 27, 1892(1892-08-27) (aged 48)
Drummondtown, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Virginia School of Law
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Unit 39th Virginia Infantry
Stuart Horse Artillery
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Thomas Henry Bayly Browne (February 8, 1844 – August 27, 1892) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia's 1st congressional district (1887–1891). He was born in Drummondtown, Accomack County, Virginia. During the American Civil War he served in the Confederate Army. After the war he became an attorney. He died in Drummondtown (soon after renamed Accomac).


Browne had been educated by private tutors and later attended Hanover Academy and Bloomfield Academy in Virginia. During the Civil War he enlisted as a private in Company F of the 39th Regiment of the Virginia Volunteer Infantry. He later served in the Stuart Horse Artillery and was with the Army of Northern Virginia when it surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

After the war Browne studied law and graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia in 1867. He was admitted to the bar in 1868 and returned to his home town to practice law. He was elected prosecuting attorney for Accomack County in 1873.

In 1886, he was elected as a Republican to represent Virginia's first congressional district in the 50th United States Congress. Two years later he was re-elected to the 51st Congress, but in 1890 was unsuccessful in his re-election bid.

Browne returned to his law practice in Drummondtown, where he died a few months later. He was buried in Mount Custis Cemetery.


  • 1886; Browne defeated the incumbent Democrat, Thomas Croxton, with 54.07% of the vote to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 1888; Browne was re-elected with 50.71% of the vote, defeating Democrat Gilmer S. Kendall.
  • 1890; Browne lost his bid fore re-election, winning only 45.4% of the vote. Democrat William A. Jones was elected.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Croxton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
William A. Jones