Thomas Griffin (politician)

Thomas Griffin ( * 1773 in Yorktown, Virginia; † October 7, 1837 ) was an American politician. Between 1803 and 1805 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Griffin enjoyed a good education. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. In addition, he worked in agriculture. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1793 and 1800, he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. Since 1796, he acted as a judge. Until 1820, he worked alongside his other activities and with the exception of his time as a congressman as a judge in various courts in Virginia. Politically, he was a member of the Federalist Party, founded by Alexander Hamilton.

In the congressional elections of 1802 Griffin was in the twelfth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Stratton on March 4, 1803. Until March 3, 1805 he was able to complete a term in Congress. During his time as a Member of the territory of the United States has been considerably enlarged in 1803 by the Louisiana Purchase. In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Griffin officiated as a judge again. During the British - American War, he was a major in the infantry. Between 1819 and 1823, and again from 1827 to 1830 he gehlrte again to the state legislature of Virginia. He died on October 7, 1837 on the property The Mansion near Yorktown.