Thomas Rivers

Thomas Rivers ( born September 18, 1819 Franklin County, Tennessee, † March 18, 1863 at Somerville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1855 and 1857 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Rivers enjoyed a good basic education. After he graduated from the La Grange College in Alabama. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1839 admitted to the bar he began in Somerville to work in his new profession. Rivers served many years in the state militia of Tennessee, where he rose to become brigadier general.

In the 1850s he joined the short-lived American Party. In the congressional elections of 1854 he was appointed as their candidate in the tenth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Frederick Perry Stanton on March 4, 1855. Since he resigned in 1856 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1857. This was determined by the events leading up to the Civil War.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas Rivers practiced as a lawyer again. He died on March 18, 1863 on his plantation in Fayette County.