Thomas Ritchey

Thomas Ritchey ( born January 19, 1801 Bedford County, Pennsylvania, † March 9, 1863 in Somerset, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1847 and 1849, and again from 1853 to 1855, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his youth Thomas Ritchey came to Somerset in Ohio, where he attended the public schools. He then worked in agriculture. Later he hit as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the years 1835, 1837 and 1839, he was treasurer in Perry County.

In the congressional elections of 1846 Ritchey was in the 13th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Isaac Parrish on March 4, 1847. Until March 3, 1849, he was initially able to complete a term in Congress. This was initially still affected by the events of the Mexican-American War. In the elections of 1852 he was elected to Congress again in the eleventh district of his state, where he replaced George H. Busby on March 4, 1853. Until March 4, 1855, he could spend another term in the U.S. House of Representatives, which was determined by the events leading up to the Civil War.

After his time in Congress, Thomas Ritchey operated again in agriculture. He died on 9 March 1863 in Somerset.