Thomas L. Reilly

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Thomas Lawrence Reilly (September 20, 1858 – July 6, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Reilly attended the common schools and was graduated from the Connecticut State Normal School in 1876. He served as assistant town clerk of New Britain in 1876. He moved with his parents to Meriden, Connecticut, in 1877. He studied law for a year. He was employed as a bookkeeper for several years. He engaged as a newspaper correspondent until 1886. He was one of the founders of the Meriden Journal in 1886 and became the city editor. He served as member of the Meriden Board of Education 1896-1903. He served as chairman of the town committee in 1900. He served as mayor of Meriden 1906-1912.

Reilly was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1915). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress. He was employed in the Internal Revenue Service in 1916 and 1917.

Reilly was elected sheriff of New Haven County in 1918. He was reelected and served until his death in New Haven, Connecticut, July 6, 1924. He was interred in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden, Connecticut.


  • United States Congress. "Thomas L. Reilly (id: R000156)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nehemiah D. Sperry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Bryan F. Mahan
Preceded by
Edwin W. Higgins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
John Q. Tilson