Thomas H. Blake

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Thomas Holdsworth Blake (June 14, 1792 – November 28, 1849) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born in Calvert County, Maryland, Blake attended the public schools. He studied law in Washington, D.C.. He served as member of the militia of the District of Columbia which took part in the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814. He moved to Kentucky and thence to Indiana. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Terre Haute, Indiana. He served as prosecuting attorney and judge of the circuit court, being US Attorney for the District of Indiana 1817-1818. Abandoned the practice of law to engage in business. He served as member of the State house of representatives.

Blake was elected as an Adams to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1829). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress. He was appointed Commissioner of the General Land Office by President Tyler on May 19, 1842, and served until April 1845. Chosen resident trustee of the Wabash & Erie Canal. Visited England as financial agent of the State of Indiana and, while returning, died in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 28, 1849. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Indiana.



  • United States Congress. "Thomas H. Blake (id: B000534)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Wikisource-logo.svg "Blake, Thomas Holdsworth" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ratliff Boon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Ratliff Boon
Political offices
Preceded by
Elisha Mills Huntington
Commissioner of the General Land Office
Succeeded by
James Shields