Thomas Lawson Price

Thomas Lawson Price (* January 19, 1809 in Danville, Virginia; † July 15, 1870 in Jefferson City, Missouri ) was an American politician. In the years 1862 and 1863 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Price attended the public schools of his home. In 1831 he settled in Jefferson City and worked there as a stagecoach driver, as well as in trade. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1839 and 1842 he was the first mayor of his new hometown; in 1845 he ran unsuccessfully for the Senate from Missouri. During the Mexican- American War in 1847 Price appointed brevet major general in the state militia.

Between 1848 and 1852 he served as Deputy Governor Deputy Governor of Austin Augustus King. Between 1860 and 1862 Price sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri. He was involved in the founding of the Capital City Bank and president of the Jefferson Land Co.; He also was involved in the railroad business, where he promoted the construction of various railway lines. At the beginning of the Civil War, Price was brigadier general of volunteers in the service of the Union army.

After the exclusion of Rep. John William Reid, who had joined the Confederacy, Price was at the due election for the fifth seat of Missouri as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 21 January 1862. As he said unionists Joseph W. McClurg defeated in the regular elections of 1862, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1863. In the years 1864 and 1868, Price was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions relevant. He died on 15 July 1870 in Jefferson City.