William R. Thom

William Richard Thom (* July 7, 1885 in Canton, Ohio; † August 28, 1960 ) was an American politician. Between 1933 and 1947 he represented three times the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Thom attended the public schools of his home. Between 1905 and 1909 he worked as a newspaper reporter. Then he studied until 1911 at Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Between 1911 and 1913 he was private secretary to Congressman John J. Whitacre. In 1915 and 1916 he worked for the press office of the U.S. House of Representatives. After studying law at Georgetown University in Washington DC and his 1917 was admitted to the bar he began practicing in Canton in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1920 and 1932 he was a member of the Park Commission of the City Canton. In 1920, he unsuccessfully sought the nomination of his party for the congressional elections of this year.

In the congressional elections of 1932, Thom but was then elected in the 16th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Republican Charles B. McClintock on March 4, 1933. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1939 three legislative periods. During this time, many of the New Deal legislation of the Roosevelt administration there have been adopted. 1935, the provisions of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution were first applied, after which the term of the Congress ends or begins on January 3. In 1938, Thom was defeated by Republican James Seccombe.

After the end of his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives Thom again worked as a lawyer. In the 1940 elections, he was re-elected in the 16th District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he replaced James Seccombe again on January 3, 1941. Since he has not been confirmed in 1942, he first was able to spend in Congress until January 3, 1943 just another term. This was determined by the events of World War II. In 1944, he was last elected to Congress, where he Henderson H. Carson replaced on January 3, 1945 was there two years earlier become his successor. Until January 3, 1947, he spent a further term in the House of Representatives. During this time, ended the Second World War. In 1946 he was not re-elected again.

After his final retirement from Congress William Thom worked as a lawyer again. In August 1956 he participated in Chicago as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He died on 28 August 1860 in his hometown of Canton, where he was also buried.