Thomas Dunn English

Thomas Dunn English ( born June 29, 1819 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, † April 1, 1902 in Newark, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1891 and 1895 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas English attended Friends Academy in Burlington (New Jersey). Then he studied until 1839 at the University of Pennsylvania Medical. After a subsequent law degree, he was admitted to the bar in 1842. As a result, he has practiced but neither doctor nor a lawyer. Instead, he has worked as a journalist and writer. At that time he was known as the author of many poems, ballads and lyrics. He was also a friend for a while with Edgar Allan Poe. This friendship later broke over a scandal with other writers, was involved in the Poe. About Virginia and New York City English came in 1858 to Newark in New Jersey. During this time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1863 and 1864 he was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.

In the congressional elections of 1890 English was in the sixth constituency of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Herman Lehlbach on March 4, 1891. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1895 two legislative sessions. Since 1893 he was chairman of the Committee on Alcoholic Liquor Traffic. In 1894 he was defeated by Republican Richard W. Parker.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas English continued his literary work. He died on April 1, 1902 in Newark, where he was also buried.