Thomas Telfair

Thomas Telfair ( born March 2, 1780 in Savannah, Georgia, † February 18, 1818 ) was an American politician. Between 1813 and 1817 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Telfair was a son of Edward Telfair (1735-1807), delegate to the Continental Congress and twice governor of Georgia was. The younger Telfair attended Princeton College until 1805. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer in Savannah, he began to work in his new profession. At the same time he began a political career as a member of which was founded by President Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party.

In the state- wide held congressional elections of 1812, he was for the then newly created sixth parliamentary mandate of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. After a re-election in 1814 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1817 two legislative sessions. The first part of his activity in Congress was influenced by the events of the British -American War, during which the British occupy the meantime Washington and public buildings burned down.

Thomas Telfair died less than a year after his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives on 18 February 1818 in his hometown of Savannah.