Thomas M. Nelson

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Thomas M. Nelson

Thomas Maduit Nelson (September 27, 1782 – November 10, 1853) was a 19th-century politician from Virginia, United States.


Born in Oak Hill, Virginia, Nelson attended the common schools as a child. During the War of 1812, he was commissioned a captain to the 10th Infantry Regiment and was later promoted to major in the 13th and 18th Infantry Regiments. After the war, he was reduced back to a captain and eventually resigned from his commission on May 15, 1815. Nelson was elected a Democratic-Republican to the United States House of Representatives to fill a vacancy in 1816, serving until 1819.

He died near Columbus, Georgia at age 71 and was interred there in Linwood Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Gholson, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 18th congressional district

December 4, 1816 – March 3, 1819 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Mark Alexander