Thomas Jenckes

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Thomas Allen Jenckes
Thomas A Jenckes member of congress from RI.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1871
Preceded by William Paine Sheffield, Sr.
Succeeded by Benjamin T. Eames
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1818-11-02)November 2, 1818
Died November 4, 1875(1875-11-04) (aged 57)
Resting place Swan Point Cemetery
Political party Republican
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Lawyer

Thomas Allen Jenckes (November 2, 1818 – November 4, 1875) was a United States Congressional representative for the State of Rhode Island. Jenckes was best known for introducing a bill that created the United States Department of Justice. President Ulysses S. Grant then signed the bill into law on June 22, 1870. Jenckes was also an avid supporter of civil service reform.

Jenckes graduated from Brown University in 1838. Jenckes was admitted to the Rhode Island state bar in 1840. He was clerk in the Rhode Island state legislature from 1840 until 1844. From 1854 until 1857 he was a member of the State house of representatives. He was elected as Republican to the United States Congress in 1863 and served until 1871 when he lost a bid for reelection. He then resumed the practice of law in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Jenckes died on November 4, 1875 and is interred at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.[1]


Further reading[edit]

  • Ari Hoogenboom, "Thomas A. Jenckes and Civil Service Reform," Mississippi Valley Historical Review, vol. 47, no. 4 (March 1961), pp. 636–658. In JSTOR

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Paine Sheffield, Sr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Benjamin T. Eames