Isaac Thomas Edit Profile
He was self-educated, and he studied law.
Admitted to bar in 1808, Thomas practiced in Winchester. He served as brigadier general of the Louisiana Militia during the War of 1812. Thomas was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourteenth Congress, which lasted from March 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817.
Thomas moved to Alexandria, Louisiana in 1819 and resumed the practice of law. He purchased vast tracts of land adjoining Alexandria and became one of the largest landowners and slaveholders in Louisiana. He was the first man to introduce the cultivation of sugarcane in central Louisiana.
While running a plantation, he engaged in mercantile pursuits and in the operation of sawmills and steamboats. He moved to California in 1849. Thomas returned to Alexandria, Louisiana, where he died on February 2, 1859 (age 74 years, 90 days).
He is interred at Flint lot, in Rapides Cemetery, at Pineville, Louisiana.
He also served as a member of the Louisiana Senate from 1823 to 1827.