Thomas Peter Akers

Thomas Peter Akers ( born October 4, 1828 Knox County, Ohio; † April 3, 1877 in Lexington, Missouri ) was an American politician. In the years 1856 and 1857 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Akers attended schools in Cleveland and went on to study at the Ohio College. After studying law he was admitted to the bar. Before he moved to Lexington in 1853, he worked for several years as a teacher in Kentucky. In Lexington, he taught in the years 1855 and 1856 to study mathematics and philosophy at the Masonic College. He was also a local minister of the Methodist Church.

Politically, Akers joined the short-lived American Party. After the death of Rep. John Gaines Miller he was in the overdue 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 18 August 1856. Since he did not run in the regular elections of 1856, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1857. This was marked by the discussions leading to the Civil War.

1861 Akers moved to New York City, where he was vice president of the Gold Exchange. Later he settled down for health reasons in the Utah Territory. But after a short time he returned to Lexington, where he died on April 3, 1877.