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Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949



This database is a directory to all the biographies of those individuals who served in the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1788, and The Congress of the United States from 1789 to 1949. The entries are in alphabetical order and each entry includes, where possible, the following information: name, place of birth and death, education, political offices and positions held, length of service, membership and leadership in committees and institutions, and noteworthy accomplishments.

Source Information: Biographical Directory of the American Congress [database online]. Orem, UT:, Inc., 1998. Original data: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949: The Continental Congress September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788 and The Congress of the United States From the First to the Eightieth Congress March 4, 1789 to January 3, 1949, Inclusive. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950.



HALSEY, Thomas Jefferson, a Representative from Missouri;

Born in Dover, Morris County, N.J., May 4, 1863; in 1878 moved to Missouri with his parents, who settled on a farm near Holden, Johnson County; attended public and private schools, Home Academy at Holden, Mo., Holden (Mo., College, the State normal school at Warrensburg, Mo., and the University of Missouri at Columbia; taught school in 1880 and 1881; engaged in the mercantile business at Holden, Mo., in 1882;

Member of the State Republican committee 1896-1898; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1896, 1908, and 1912; mayor of Holden 1902-1904; moved to Sedalia, Mo., in 1904 and engaged in the wholesale tea and coffee business; member of the executive committee of the Missouri State Roads Commission 1906-1910; moved to Glendale, Calif., in 1910 and engaged in the mercantile business;

Returned to Holden, Mo., in 1911 and engaged in the milling and grain business; member of the Holden Board of Education in 1911 and 1912; member of the board of regents, Central Missouri Teachers College at Warrensburg, 1928-1932; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; again engaged in the mercantile business and is a resident of Holden, Mo. [page 1255]


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