Thomas Maxwell

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Thomas Maxwell, Congressman from Elmira, New York

Thomas Maxwell (February 16, 1792 – November 4, 1864) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born at Tioga Point (now Athens), Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Maxwell moved to Elmira (then Newtown Point), New York, in 1796. He was appointed quartermaster of a regiment of Cavalry attached to the brigade of General Vincent Mathews during the War of 1812. He served as clerk of Tioga County, New York from 1819 to 1829.

Maxwell was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831). He served as chairman of the Committee on Accounts (Twenty-first Congress). He engaged in the prosecution of pension claims. He studied law and was admitted to practice in the court of common pleas of old Tioga County, New York, in 1832. He was editor of the Elmira Gazette 1834-1836. Postmaster of Elmira in 1834–1839. Deputy clerk of Chemung County in 1836. Treasurer of Chemung County in 1836–1843. He was a vice president of the New York and Erie Railroad Co. in 1841. He served as commissioner of loans of United States deposit and of State funds in 1843. He moved to Geneva, New York, about 1845, upon his appointment as deputy clerk of the State supreme court. He died in Elmira, New York, November 4, 1864. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Woodcock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Gamaliel H. Barstow

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