|Thomas Allen Jenckes|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Rhode Island's 1st district
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|
|Born||November 2, 1818|
|Died||November 4, 1875(aged 57)|
|Resting place||Swan Point Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
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.
- Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 296.
- 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|
William Paine Sheffield, Sr.
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district
Benjamin T. Eames