Thomas Claiborne (1780–1856)

Thomas Claiborne (* May 17, 1780 in Petersburg, Virginia; † January 7, 1856 in Nashville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1817 and 1819 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Claiborne was a son of the Thomas Claiborne (1749-1812), who represented 1793-1805 twice the State of Virginia in Congress. His older brother John (1777-1808) sat 1805-1808 also for Virginia in the House of Representatives.

The younger Thomas Claiborne attended the public schools of his home in Virginia. During a war with the Creek, he was a Major on the staff of General Andrew Jackson. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1807 admitted to the bar he began in Nashville to work in his new profession. Politically Claiborne was a member of the founded by President Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. In the years 1811 and 1812 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Tennessee, he served as its chairman in 1812.

In the congressional elections of 1816 Thomas Claiborne was the first electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Newton Cannon on March 4, 1817. Until March 3, 1819, he was able to complete a term in Congress. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Claiborne again worked as a lawyer. He died on January 7, 1856 in Nashville.