Thomas Lee (New Jersey)

Thomas Lee ( born November 28, 1780 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, † November 2, 1855 in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1837 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Lee attended the public schools in Chester Valley. Around the year 1798 he moved to Leesburg in New Jersey in 1805 to Port Elizabeth. He then worked in trade and shipbuilding; He also became the landowner. In the years 1813-1815 he worked as an appellate judge. At the same time he began a political career. In the years 1813-1815 he was a deputy in the New Jersey General Assembly. From 1818 to 1833 Lee served as postmaster in Port Elizabeth.

In the 1820s he joined the movement to Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. In the congressional elections of 1832, Lee was in the third seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James F. Randolph on March 4. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1837 two legislative sessions. There, since the inauguration of President Jackson was a heated debate about its policy in 1829. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President. Since 1835, Thomas Lee Chairman of the Committee on Accounts.

Between 1846 and 1849 he served again as a post holder in Port Elizabeth. He was also a founder of the local public library and the Port Elizabeth Academy.