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.