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William Widgery Thomas

William Widgery Thomas, American diplomat. Member Maine House of Representatives, 1873-1875 (speaker of House, 1874-1875), Senate, 1879.

Background

  • Thomas, William Widgery was born on August 26, 1839 in Portland, Maine, United States. Son of William Widgery and Elizabeth White (Goddard) Thomas.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin, 1860, A.M., 1866. Doctor of Laws, Bethany, 1901, Bowdoin, 1913.

    Career

    • Began diplomatic career in 1862, as United States bearer of dispatches. Carried a treaty to Turkey. Became vice consul general at Constantinople, later acting consul, Galatz, Moldavia.

      War consul at Gothenburg, Sweden, until 1865 (resigned). Received for services as consul “special thanks of Department of State.” Completed legal studies at Harvard, and admitted to Maine bar, 1866. Practiced at Portland.

      Commissioner public lands, Maine, 1869. Commissioner of immigration for Maine, 1870-1873. Visited Sweden, 1870, bringing back 51 Swedish colonists and settling them in Northern Maine, founding flourishing colony of New Sweden (2,000 Swedish-American inhabitants, 1920).

    Works

    • Translator: The Last Athenian (from the Swedish), 1869.

    Membership

    Member Maine House of Representatives, 1873-1875 (speaker of House, 1874-1875), Senate, 1879.

    Connections

    • Married Dagmar Törnebladh, Swedish noblewoman, October 11, 1887 (died 1912).; married second, Mistress. Children: William Widgery (deceased), Oscar Percival, Wolfgang Ragner (adopted).
    • father: William Widgery Thomas
    • mother: Elizabeth White (Goddard) Thomas
    • spouses: Dagmar Törnebladh
    • Mistress
    • children: William Widgery Thomas (deceased)
    • Oscar Percival Thomas
    • Wolfgang Ragner Thomas (adopted)
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    Born August 26, 1839
    Died April 25, 1927
    (aged 87)
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