THOMAS, Charles Randolph (1827-1891)

THOMAS, CHARLES RANDOLPH, (father of Charles Randolph Thomas [1861-1931]), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Beaufort, Carteret County, N.C., February 7, 1827; attended a private school in Hillsboro, N.C., and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1849; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1850 and commenced practice in Beaufort, N.C.; moved to New Bern, N.C., and continued the practice of law; member of the State constitutional convention in 1861; secretary of state of North Carolina in 1864; appointed by the Governor president of the Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad in 1867; judge of the superior court 1868-1870; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed the practice of law in New Bern, N.C., and died there February 18, 1891; interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: ca. 1849-1931, 0.5 linear foot.
The papers of Charles Randolph Thomas contain manuscript speeches and scattered other papers pertaining to him and his son Charles R. Thomas Jr., both graduates of the University of North Carolina, lawyers, judges, and members of Congress. Speeches relate to the Democratic Party, the University of North Carolina, and other matters.