Thomas J. Speer

Thomas Jefferson Speer ( born August 31, 1837 Monroe County, Georgia; † August 18, 1872 in Barnesville, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1871 and 1872 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Speer attended the public schools of his home. He then worked in retail and as a planter. In the years 1861 and 1865 he was elected justice of the peace in his home. From 1863 to 1865 he was a tax in Pike County for the government of the Confederate States. Between 1865 and 1868 he worked in the district as a judge. Politically, Speer joined after the end of the American Civil War the Republican Party. During 1867 and 1868 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Georgia. From 1868 to 1870 he sat in the state Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1870 he was in the fourth electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jefferson F. Long on March 4, 1871. Thomas Speer was able to exercise his mandate until his death on 18 August 1872. When has now become necessary election of Democrat Erasmus W. Beck was elected his successor. Thomas Speer remained until the inauguration of Benjamin B. Blackburn in 1967, the last Republican who represented the fourth district of Georgia in Congress.