Thomas B. Fletcher

Thomas Brooks Fletcher ( born October 10, 1879 in Mechanicsburg Town, Carroll County, Ohio; † July 1, 1945 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1925 and 1929, and again from 1933 to 1939, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Fletcher attended the common schools, a private school in Augusta, Richard the School of Dramatic Art in Cleveland and Mount Union College in Alliance, which he completed in 1900. He then worked until 1922 at various newspapers in Ohio as an employee, editor and publisher. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1924, Fletcher was selected in the eighth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of the Republican R. Clint Cole on March 4, 1925. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1929 two legislative sessions. In 1928 he was defeated by Republican Grant E. Mouser. In the 1932 elections Fletcher was re-elected in the eighth district of his state in Congress, where he replaced 1933 Mouser again on March 4. After two re- elections, he could spend up to January 3, 1939 three further terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1935 to 1939 he was Chairman of the Election Committee Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives; since 1937, he also led nor the Committee on the Census. Since 1933, many of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were adopted under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Congress. In 1935, the provisions of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution were first applied, after which the term of the Congress ends, or begins on January 3.

In 1938, Fletcher was not re-elected. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he has lectured and engaged in the Chautauquabewegung. In 1942, he unsuccessfully sought his return to Congress. He died on July 1, 1945 in Washington, and was buried in his birthplace Mechanics Town.