Thomas J. Robertson

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Thomas James Robertson
Thomas J. Robertson - Brady-Handy.jpg
United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
July 15, 1868 – March 4, 1877
Preceded byJames Chesnut, Jr.
Succeeded byMatthew Butler
Personal details
Born(1823-08-03)August 3, 1823
Winnsboro, South Carolina
DiedOctober 13, 1897(1897-10-13) (aged 74)
Columbia, South Carolina
Political partyRepublican

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.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from South Carolina
Served alongside: Frederick A. Sawyer, John J. Patterson
Succeeded by
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.