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James Houston Thomas (1808 - 1876) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 6th congressional district.


He was born in Iredell County, North Carolina on September 22, 1808. He attended the rural schools and gradudated from Jackson College in Columbia, Tennessee in 1830. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1831, and commenced practice in Columbia, Tennessee. From 1836 to 1842, he served as Tennessee's attorney general.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses. Though he was not a successful candidate for re-election in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress, he was later elected to the Thirty-sixth Congress. He served from March 4, 1847 to March 3, 1851 and from March 4, 1859 to March 3, 1861. He resumed the practice of law in Columbia, Tennessee and died in Fayetteville, Tennessee in Lincoln County on August 4, 1876. He was interred in St. John's Cemetery in Ashwood in Maury County, Tennessee.


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