Thomas Gholson, Jr.

Thomas Gholson, Jr. (* 1780 in Brunswick, Brunswick County, Virginia; † July 4, 1816 ) was an American politician. Between 1808 and 1816 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Gholson was the uncle of Congressman James Gholson (1798-1848) and a second cousin of Richard D. Gholson (1804-1862), Governor of Washington Territory was. He also was the uncle and father of Thomas Saunders Gholson (1808-1868), who was a deputy in the Konföderiertenkongress. He enjoyed a good education. After studying law and admitted to the bar he began in Brunswick to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic-Republican Party launched a political career. Between 1806 and 1809 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia.

After the death of Rep. John Claiborne Gholson was at the due election for the 17th seat of Virginia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on November 7, 1808. After four elections he could remain until his death on July 4, 1816 in Congress. In this time the British -American War of 1812 was actively participated in the Gholson as a staff officer. In defense of the Federal Capital Washington, he was wounded. He died on July 4, 1816 to the late effects of this injury. From 1811 to 1813 he headed the Committee on Claims.