Christopher Yancy Thomas (March 24, 1818 – February 11, 1879) was a politician and lawyer from Virginia.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 5th district
March 5, 1874 – March 3, 1875
|Preceded by||Alexander Davis|
|Succeeded by||George Cabell|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Henry County|
|Preceded by||George W. Booker|
|Succeeded by||George W. Booker|
|Member of the Virginia Senate from Henry, Patrick and Franklin Counties|
|Preceded by||George Hairston|
|Succeeded by||Peter Saunders|
|Born||March 24, 1818|
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
|Died||February 11, 1879 60) (aged|
|Resting place||Leatherwood, Virginia|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Ann Reamey|
|Children||Faith, Hope, Jane, Susan, Katherine, Archie, Frank, John, Starling|
Early and family life
Born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Thomas attended local schools as a child and went on to graduate from a private academy in 1838.
Thomas read law and was admitted to the bar in 1844, commencing practice in Martinsville, Virginia. He served in the Confederate Virginia Senate from 1860 to 1864 and was member of the commission to settle the boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina.
Thomas also served as prosecuting attorney for Henry County, Virginia (surrounding Martinsville), and in 1867 was elected to serve the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1868. After approval of the new state Constitution (and rejection of a proposed provision forbidding former Confederates from holding office), Thomas served in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1869, both succeeding fellow Confederate delegate and Conservative George W. Booker and being succeeded by him.
In 1872, Thomas ran as a Republican for the United States House of Representatives for Virginia's 5th district. He ran against former Confederate officer and Conservative Democrat Alexander Davis, who was initially declared the victor, but Thomas contested the result and was seated. However, Thomas served only a single term from 1874 to 1875, losing his reelection bid in 1874 to Democrat George Cabell, another lawyer and former Confederate officer active in railroad promotion.
Death and legacy
- "Rep. Christopher Thomas". GovTrack. Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- United States Congress. "Christopher Thomas (id: T000161)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district