Thomas MAXWELL, Congress, NY (1792-1864)


MAXWELL, Thomas, a Representative from New York; born at Tioga Point (now Athens), Bradford County, Pa., February 16, 1792; moved to Elmira (then Newtown Point), N.Y., in 1796; appointed quartermaster of a regiment of Cavalry attached to the brigade of Gen. Vincent Matthews during the War of 1812; clerk of Tioga County, N.Y., 1819-1829; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1831); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Twenty-first Congress); engaged in the prosecution of pension claims; studied law and was admitted to practice in the court of common pleas of old Tioga County, N.Y., in 1832; editor of the Elmira Gazette 1834-1836; postmaster of Elmira 1834-1839; deputy clerk of Chemung County in 1836; treasurer of Chemung County 1836-1843; a vice president of the New York & Erie Railroad Co. in 1841; commissioner of loans of United States deposit and of State funds in 1843; moved to Geneva, N.Y., about 1845, upon his appointment as deputy clerk of the State supreme court; died in Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y., November 4, 1864; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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