CHINN, THOMAS WITHERS, (cousin of Robert Enoch Withers), a Representative from Louisiana; born near Cynthiana, Harrison County, Ky.,
November 22, 1791; attended the rural schools of his community and was also tutored by his father;
served as a private in the First Rifles of the Kentucky Militia Volunteers from August 15, 1812, to
October 14, 1812; clerked in a general store in Cynthiana until 1813; moved to Woodville, Miss., and
engaged in mercantile pursuits; studied medicine and commenced the practice of his profession in St.
Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, La., about 1817; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and
commenced practice in St. Francisville; appointed judge of West Feliciana Parish in 1826; moved to
Cypress Hall plantation, near Baton Rouge, in West Baton Rouge Parish, La., in 1831; continued the
practice of law and also engaged in sugarcane planting; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth
Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840 to the
Twenty-seventh Congress; appointed by President Taylor as Minister to the Two Sicilies on June 5,
1849, but did not assume his duties because of ill health; died at his plantation in West Baton Rouge
Parish, La., on May 22, 1852; interment at Grosse Tete, La., near Rosedale, La.