Thomas L. Reilly

Thomas Lawrence Reilly ( born September 20, 1858 in New Britain, Connecticut; † July 6, 1924 in New Haven, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1911 and 1913 he represented the second and from 1913 to 1915 the third electoral district of the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Reilly attended the public schools of his home and then to 1876, the Connecticut State Normal School. In 1876 he was employed by the administration of the city of New Britain. In 1877 he moved with his parents to Meriden. He studied law for a year, but has not worked as a lawyer. He then worked for several years as an accountant. Until 1886 he worked as a newspaper correspondent. In 1886 he was a co-founder of the newspaper " Meriden Journal", whose editor in chief, he was then. Between 1896 and 1903, Reilly was in the school committee of the city Meriden. In 1900 he was chairman of the city council and mayor from 1906 to 1912.

Reilly was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1910 he was in the second district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he met on March 4, 1911 is the successor of the Republican Nehemiah D. Sperry. After a re-election in 1912 in the third constituency, as a replacement for Edwin W. Higgins, he was able to complete two terms in Congress, 1915 to March 3. In this time, the adoption of the 16th and the 17th Amendment, which had the income tax legislation and the direct election of U.S. senators to content fell.

Since he has not been confirmed in the elections of 1914, he had to resign in March 1915 from the Congress. Between 1916 and 1917 Reilly worked for the tax authority. Since 1918, he served as sheriff police chief in New Haven County. This office he held until his death in 1924.