Thomas Clarke Theaker

Thomas Clarke Theaker ( born February 4, 1812 York County, Pennsylvania, † July 16, 1883 in Oakland, Maryland ) was an American politician. Between 1859 and 1861 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Theaker attended the public schools of his home. In 1830 he moved to Bridgeport in Ohio, where he worked as a machinist and Wagner. Later he hit as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. In the congressional elections of 1858 he was in the 17th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrats William Lawrence on March 4, 1859. Since he has not been confirmed in 1860, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1861. This was marked by the events in the immediate run-up to the Civil War.

In 1864 Theaker was appointed to the supervisory authority of the Federal Patent Office ( Commissioner to investigate the Patent Office ). Between 1865 and 1868 he headed the Patent Office. He had to deal with a flood of patent applications that were received during the Civil War. In addition, the question of the claims of the inventor had to be answered from the former Confederate states. After 1868, he was a patent attorney in the federal capital, Washington. He died on July 16, 1883 in Oakland, and was buried in Bridgeport.