Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
RAILSBACK, Thomas Fisher (1932-2020)

RAILSBACK, THOMAS FISHER, A Representative from Illinois; born in Moline, Rock Island County, Ill., January 22, 1932; attended the public schools of Moline, Ill.; B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, 1954; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Ill., 1957; United States Army, 1957-1959; admitted to the bar in 1957; lawyer, private practice; member of the Illinois state house of representatives, 1962-1966; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1983); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1982; died on January 20, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz.

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL
Papers: 1967-1982. 450 feet.
Congressional papers and correspondence, including legislative, department, case, project, and Watergate files, photographs, portraits, sound recordings, and memorabilia; some personal papers. Finding aid for portions of the collection.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Thomas F. Railsback, Republican Representative from Illinois. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.