Thomas Whitehead

Thomas Whitehead ( * December 27 1825 in Lovingston, Nelson County, Virginia; † July 1, 1901 in Lynchburg, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1873 and 1875 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Whitehead received only limited education and worked in retail. After a subsequent law degree in 1849 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Amherst in this profession. During the Civil War he was a captain in the army of the Confederacy. In 1865 he was elected to the Senate of Virginia, but were not admitted. In the years 1866 and 1869 he was elected district attorney in Amherst County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1872 Whitehead was in the sixth constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John T. Harris on March 4, 1873. Since he resigned in 1874 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1875. In 1876, Thomas Whitehead, editor of the newspaper Lynchburg News; Since 1880 he edited the newspaper Lynchburg Advance. At the same time he practiced as a lawyer again. Since 1888 until his death he was Minister of Agriculture ( Commissioner of Agriculture) of Virginia. He died on July 1, 1901 near Lynchburg, where he was also buried.