THEAKER, THOMAS CLARKE, a Representative from Ohio; born in York County, Pa., February 1, 1812; attended
the common schools; moved to Bridgeport, Belmont County, Ohio, in 1830; became a machinist and
wheelwright; was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3,
1861); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress; member
of the board of commissioners to investigate the Patent Office in 1864, and later was appointed a
member of the board of examiners in chief; served as Commissioner of Patents from August 17, 1865,
to January 20, 1868; engaged in the practice of patent law in Washington, D.C., until his death in
Oakland, Md., July 16, 1883; interment in Weeks Cemetery, near Bridgeport, Ohio.