Thomas M. Ferrell

Thomas Merrill Ferrell ( born June 20, 1844 in Glassboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey, † October 20, 1916 ) was an American politician. Between 1883 and 1885 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Ferrell attended the common schools and then completed an academic education. In the following years he worked in the glass industry. Between 1878 and 1883 he was President of Hollow Ware Glass Workers' Association. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1872 and 1873 he was a member of the city council of his home town; 1885 to 1890 he was a member of the local school board. In 1887, he served as its president. From 1879 to 1880 Ferrell was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, Then he sat from 1880 to 1881 in the state Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1882 Ferrell was the first electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of George M. Robeson on March 4, 1883. As he defeated Republican George Hires in 1884, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1885. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Ferrell worked as a salesman for glass products. He died on 20 October 1916 in his birthplace Glassboro, where he was also buried.