THOMAS, HENRY FRANKLIN, a Representative from Michigan; born in Tompkins, Jackson County,
Mich., December 17, 1843; attended the common schools and Albion (Mich.)
College in 1859; enlisted in 1862 during the Civil War as a private in the
Seventh Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Cavalry; was promoted to first sergeant of
Company D, and in July 1864 to second lieutenant; renewed his studies in the
Ypsilanti Normal School; was graduated from the medical department of Michigan
University at Ann Arbor in 1868 and commenced practice in Constantine, St.
Joseph County, Mich.; moved to Allegan, Mich., in 1870; member of the State
house of representatives in 1873 and 1874; served in the State senate in 1875
and 1876; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884; elected as a
Republican to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893-March
3, 1897); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy
(Fifty-fourth Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in
1896; surgeon in the Michigan Soldiers' Home in 1907 and 1908; member of the
Michigan pardon board in 1909 and 1910; died in Allegan, Mich., April 16, 1912;
interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.