Thomas Jones Yorke

Thomas Jones Yorke ( born March 25, 1801 in Hancock 's Bridge, Salem County, New Jersey, † April 4, 1882 in Salem, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1839, and again 1841-1843 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Yorke attended the common schools and the Salem Academy. During the British - American War of 1812 he was a scout for the U.S. Army. He studied law, but without working as a lawyer. After the war of 1812 he worked in Salem in the trade. In 1830, Yorke was a tax collector in Salem County. In the years 1833 and 1834 and from 1845 to 1854, he served as a judge in his home district. Middle of the 1835 's he joined the Whig party to. In 1835, Yorke sat as an MP in the New Jersey General Assembly.

In the congressional elections of 1836 Yorke was for the sixth seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Norton Shinn on March 4, 1837. He was confirmed in 1838, but not approved by Congress. So that he could prefer to take only one term in Congress until March 3, 1839. In 1840, Yorke was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and this time there also admitted, after which he Peter Dumont Vroom replaced on March 4, 1841 which was two years before become his successor. Until March 3, 1843, he was able to spend another term in Congress. At that time he was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Navy Department. His second term was marked by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Yorke went into the railway business. In the following decades he was employed by several railway companies in a leading position. He was Director and Chairman of several companies. Thomas Yorke died on April 4, 1882 in Salem.