Thomas Marion JETT, Congress, IL (1862-1939)


JETT, Thomas Marion, a Representative from Illinois; born near Greenville, Bond County, Ill., May 1, 1862; attended the common schools and the Northern Indiana Normal School, Valparaiso, Ind., for two years; taught school in Bond and Montgomery Counties, Ill.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Nokomis, Ill.; moved to Hillsboro, Ill., and served as prosecuting attorney of Montgomery County 1889-1896; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1903); was not a candidate for renomination in 1902; resumed the practice of law in Hillsboro, Ill.; also interested in agricultural pursuits; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1900 and 1908; was elected as a judge of the circuit court, fourth judicial district of Illinois, in 1909; reelected in 1915, 1921, 1927, and 1935 and served until his death; was a member of the appellate court of the second district of Illinois 1922-1936; died in Litchfield, Ill., January 10, 1939; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro, Ill.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present