WILSON, Thomas (1827-1910)

WILSON, THOMAS, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland, May 16, 1827; attended the common schools; immigrated to the United States in 1839 with his parents, who settled in Venango County, Pa.; was graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., in 1852; studied law; was admitted to the bar in February 1855 and commenced practice in Winona, Minn.; member of the Minnesota constitutional convention in 1857; judge of the third judicial district court 1857-1864; associate justice of the supreme court of Minnesota in 1864; chief justice from 1864 to July 1869, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives 1880-1882; served in the State senate 1882-1885; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1890; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; general counsel for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad until his death in St. Paul, Minn., April 3, 1910; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minn.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Palemon Jared Smalley Papers, 1863-1944, 0.5 cubic foot.
Other authors include Thomas Wilson.


The Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1865, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas Wilson to William Windom written on March 23, 1865. In the letter, Wilson recommends Col. Cyrus Aldritch as United States Marshal for Minneapolis.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: April 21 and June 6, 1892. 2 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


Winona County Historical Society
Winona, MN
Papers: 1888. 2 items.
Exchange of letters concerning funds in support of Mdewakanton band of Sioux in Minnesota.