Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
ELIOT, Thomas Hopkinson (1907-1991)

ELIOT, THOMAS HOPKINSON, (great-grandson of Samuel Atkins Eliot), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Cambridge, Mass., June 14, 1907; attended Browne and Nichols School; was graduated from Harvard University in 1928; student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, in 1928 and 1929; was graduated from the law school of Harvard University in 1932; was admitted to the bar in 1933 and commenced practice in Buffalo, N.Y.; served as assistant solicitor in the United States Department of Labor 1933-1935; general counsel for the Social Security Board 1935-1938; lecturer on government at Harvard University in 1937 and 1938; regional director of the Wage and Hour Division in the Department of Labor in 1939 and 1940; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1942 and for nomination in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress; director of the British Division, Office of War Information, London, England, and special assistant to the United States Ambassador, 1943; chairman of the appeals committee, National War Labor Board, 1943-1944; served with the Office of Strategic Services in 1944; served as chief counsel, Division of Power, Department of the Interior, from November 1944 to November 1945; engaged in the practice of law in Boston, Mass., 1945-1950; professor of political science, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., 1952, and of constitutional law 1958; dean of Washington University College of Liberal Arts, 1961-1962, and chancellor, 1962-1971; vice chairman, United States Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 1963-1967; president, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1971-1977; teacher, Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School, 1977-1985; was a resident of Cambridge, Mass., until his death there on October 14, 1991; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
Hyde Park, NY
Papers: 1942, 115 items.
The papers consist of correspondence from constituents, speeches, newspaper clippings and letters from Government agencies relating to Thomas Eliot's opposition to funding for the House Un-American Activities Committee (Dies Committee) in 1942.

  • Eliot, Thomas H. American Government: Problems and Readings in Political Analysis. 2d ed. New York: Dodd Mead, 1965.
  • ------. Basic Rules of Order. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1952.
  • ------. Governing America; the Politics of a Free People: National, State, and Local Government. 2d ed. New York: Dodd Mead, 1964.
  • ------. Public and Personal. Edited by Frank O'Brien. St. Louis: Washington University Press, 1971.
  • ------. Recollections of the New Deal: When the People Mattered. Edited and with an introduction by John Kenneth Galbraith. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1992.
  • ------. Two Schools in Cambridge: T he Story of Browne &Nichols and Buckingham. Edited by Edward Yeomans. Cambridge, Mass.: Windflower Press, 1982.
  • Eliot, Thomas H., with Henry Wilkinson Bragdon. The Bright Constellation: Documents of American Democracy. Wellesley Hills, Mass.: Independent School Press, 1980.