James Houston Thomas
James Houston Thomas ( born September 22, 1808 Iredell County, North Carolina; † August 4, 1876 in Fayetteville, Tennessee ) was an American politician (Democratic Party). He represented the sixth election district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Thomas attended the village schools and graduated in 1830 at the Jackson College in Columbia. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1831 and began practicing law in Columbia. Later he held from 1836 to 1842, the Office of the Attorney General of Tennessee.
He was elected as a Democrat to the 30th and the 31st Congress. In 1850 he ran unsuccessfully for the 32th Congress, but was later elected to the 36th Congress. He served from March 4, 1847 to March 3, 1851 Congress and later on 4 March 1859 to 3 March 1861. Moreover, he represented Tennessee as a delegate to the Provisional Konföderiertenkongress. After the Civil War, Thomas resumed his activities as a lawyer in Columbia. He died on 4 August 1876 in Fayetteville and was buried at St. John 's Cemetery in Ashwood.