Jacob Montgomery Thornburgh

Jacob Montgomery Thornburgh ( born July 3, 1837 in New Market, Jefferson County, Tennessee, † September 19, 1890 in Knoxville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1873 and 1879 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jacob Thornburgh first visited the Holston College in his native town of New Market. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1861 admitted to the bar he began in Jefferson County to work in his new profession. During the Civil War Thornburgh served as a cavalry officer in the army of the Union, where he rose to lieutenant colonel. After the war he continued his work as a lawyer. Since 1867 he lived in Knoxville. Between 1866 and 1872 he was a prosecutor in the third judicial district of Tennessee. In 1872, Thornburgh served as Federal Commissioner for the World Exhibition in Vienna.

Politically, Thornburgh member of the Republican Party. In the years 1872, 1876 and 1880, he participated as a delegate to the respective Republican National Conventions, where Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and finally James A. Garfield was nominated as the presidential candidate. In the congressional elections of 1872 he was in the second electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Horace Maynard on March 4, 1873. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1879 three legislative periods.

1878 renounced Jacob Thornburgh on another candidacy. In the following years he worked again as a lawyer. He died on September 19, 1890 in Knoxville.