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Thomas Fitzgerald (American politician)


Thomas Fitzgerald April 10, 1796 – March 25, 1855 was an American politician who served as a judge and state legislator in both Indiana and Michigan, and as a United States Senator from Michigan

Fitzgerald was born in Germantown, in Herkimer County, New York His father was an Irish immigrant, and fought with the Continental Army, was wounded and received a pension Thomas received a common school education and fought with the US Army the War of 1812 He was severely wounded and afterwards taught school for a time in Marcellus, New York In 1819 he moved to Boonville, Indiana, where he taught school and studied law He was admitted to the bar in 1821 and began a practice in Boonville He was a member of the State House of Representatives in 1821 and from 1825 to 1827 He was a probate judge in Indiana in 1829

In 1832, Fitzgerald was appointed keeper of the lighthouse at the mouth of the St Joseph River and moved to St Joseph, Michigan He was clerk of Berrien County in 1834 and a regent of the University of Michigan in 1837

He was appointed bank commissioner in 1838 to investigate what were called "wildcat" banks and was served in the State house of representatives in 1839 He ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor in 1839 and was appointed as a Democrat to the US Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Lewis Cass, serving in the 30th Congress from June 8, 1848 until March 4, 1849

He moved to Niles, Michigan in 1851 and served as probate judge of Berrien County from 1852 to 1855 He died in Niles and is interred in Silverbrook Cemetery

Referencesedit

  • United States Congress "Thomas Fitzgerald id: F000167" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 

External linksedit

  • Thomas Fitzgerald at Find a Grave
US Senate
Preceded by
Lewis Cass
US Senator Class 1 from Michigan
June 8, 1848 – March 4, 1849
Served alongside: Alpheus Felch
Succeeded by
Lewis Cass


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