Thomas Withers Chinn

Thomas Withers Chinn (* November 22, 1791 in Cynthiana, Kentucky, † May 22, 1852 in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1839 and 1841 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Chinn attended the public schools of his home. At times, he was also taught by his father. At the beginning of the British - American War of 1812 he was until October 1812 soldier in a volunteer unit from Kentucky. He then worked until 1813 as a store clerk in Cynthiana. Then he moved to Woodville in Mississippi, where he was engaged in trade. He also studied medicine. After qualifying as a doctor he practiced around the year 1817 in St. Francisville (Louisiana ). After studying law and its made ​​in 1825 admitted to the bar he began to work in his new profession also in St. Francisville. In 1826, Chinn was appointed as a judge in West Feliciana Parish. In 1831 he entered the Cypress Hall plantation near Baton Rouge. There he worked as sugar growers. At the same time he also practiced law.

Politically, Chinn member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1838, he was in the second electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he entered on March 4, 1839 Eleazer Wheelock Ripley 's successor of the Democratic Party. Since he resigned in 1840 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1841.

On June 5, 1849 Thomas Chinn was appointed by President Zachary Taylor the ambassador of the United States in the former Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. But this office he could not compete due to health reasons. He died on 22 May 1852 his plantation near Baton Rouge.