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Thomas Jordan Jarvis

Thomas Jordan Jarvis, American senator. Member State Constitutional convs., 1865 and 1875; member Legislature, 1868-1869 and 1870-1871 (speaker last term).

Background

  • Jarvis, Thomas Jordan was born on January 18, 1836 in Jarvisburg, North Carolina, United States. Son of Review B. H. and Elizabeth Jarvis.

  • Education

    • Graduate Randolph-Macon College, 1860. Served in C.S.A., 1861-1864, private to captain. Right arm shattered by bullet and compelled to leave service.

    Career

    • Member State Constitutional convs., 1865 and 1875. Admitted to bar, 1868, and began practice. Presidential elector, 1868, 1872.

      Member Legislature, 1868-1869 and 1870-1871 (speaker last term). Lieutenant governor, 1877. Became governor on election of Governor Vance to the United States Senate, 1879.

      Elected governor for term, 1881-1885. United States minister to Brazil, 1885-1889. Elected to fill Senator Vance’s term on latter’s death, 1894, serving until 1895.

      Delegate-at-large to Democratic National Convention, 1896. Address: Greenville, North Carolina.

    Membership

    Member State Constitutional convs., 1865 and 1875. Member Legislature, 1868-1869 and 1870-1871 (speaker last term).

    Connections

    • Married Mary Woodson, December 23, 1874.
    • father: Review B. H.
    • mother: Elizabeth Jarvis
    • spouse: Mary Woodson
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    Died 1915
    (aged 78)
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