Thomas RIVERS, Congress, TN (1819-1863)


RIVERS, Thomas, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Franklin County, Tenn., September 18, 1819; received an academic education and attended La Grange College, Alabama; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Somerville, Tenn.; served for many years in the State militia ranking as brigadier general; elected as the candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); was not a candidate for renomination in 1856; continued the practice of law until his death on his plantation near Somerville, Tenn., March 18, 1863; interment in the Somerville Cemetery.

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