Thomas Banks Cabaniss

Thomas Banks Cabaniss ( born August 31, 1835 in Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia; † August 14, 1915 ) was an American politician. Between 1893 and 1895 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Cabaniss was a cousin of Thomas Chipman McRae (1851-1929), who was 1885-1903 congressman for the state of Arkansas. He attended private schools and the Penfield College. Subsequently, he studied until 1853 at the University of Georgia in Athens. After studying law he was admitted in 1861 as a lawyer. During the Civil War Cabaniss served in the army of the Confederacy. After the war he returned to Forsyth, where he practiced as a lawyer.

Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1865 and 1867 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Georgia. After that, he was first deputy until 1873 and then actual administrative head of the State Senate ( Secretary of the State Senate ). He then worked until 1877 as a prosecutor in the judicial district of Flint. In the years 1878 to 1880 and again from 1884 to 1886 Cabaniss was a member of the Senate of Georgia.

In the congressional elections of 1892 he was in the sixth constituency of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James Henderson Blount on March 4, 1893. Since he was not nominated by his party for re-election in 1894, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1895. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas Cabaniss was a member of the Dawes Commission, which should pacify the Indian Territory. In 1910 he was elected mayor of his hometown Forsyth. In the years 1913 and 1914 he worked at the local court as a judge. He died on 14 August 1915 in Forsyth.