Thomas J. Robertson
|Thomas James Robertson|
|United States Senator
from South Carolina
July 15, 1868 – March 4, 1877
|Preceded by||James Chesnut, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Butler|
August 3, 1823|
Winnsboro, South Carolina
|Died||October 13, 1897
Columbia, South Carolina
Thomas James Robertson (August 3, 1823 – October 13, 1897) was a United States Senator from South Carolina. Born near Winnsboro, he completed preparatory studies and graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1843. He engaged in planting and was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1865.
Upon the readmission of the State of South Carolina to representation in 1868, Robertson was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate; he was reelected in 1871 and served from July 15, 1868, to March 4, 1877, and was not a candidate for reelection. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Manufactures (Forty-second through Forty-fourth Congresses). He retired from public life and active business due to ill health, and in 1897 died in Columbia. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Thomas J. Robertson (id: R000327)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Thomas J. Robertson at Find a Grave
- New York Times article Attitude of President Grant Toward the Robbers
- New York Times article South Carolina Senatorial elections
- Bio of son Edwin Wales Robertson
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from South Carolina
Served alongside: Frederick A. Sawyer, John J. Patterson
Matthew C. Butler
|Notes and references|
|1. Because of South Carolina's secession from the Union in 1860, seat was declared vacant from 1860-1868 when James Chesnut, Jr. withdrew from the Senate.|