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Thomas Jenkins Semmes

Confederate senator

Thomas Jenkins Semmes, American Confederate senator. member Louisiana House of Representatives, 1856; member Louisiana Secession Convention 1861 mem; member Louisiana Constitutional Convention, 1879, 98, chairman judiciary committee, 1898.

Background

Semmes, Thomas Jenkins was born on December 16, 1824 in Georgetown, District of Columbia. Son of Raphael and Matilda (Jenkins) Semmes.

Education

Graduate Georgetown College, 1842, Harvard Law School, 1845.

Career

Admitted to Louisiana bar, 1851. In partnership with Matthew C. Edwards, New Orleans, 1851-1855. Member Louisiana House of Representatives, 1856.

United State Attorneys for Eastern District of Louisiana, 1857-1858. Attorney general of Louisiana, 1859-1861. Member Louisiana Secession Convention 1861 mem.

Confederate States Senate from Louisiana, 1862-1865. Member Louisiana Constitutional Convention, 1879, 98, chairman judiciary committee, 1898. Professor civil law U. Louisiana (now Tulane), 1873-1879, circa 1881-1899.

President American Bar Association, 1886. President New Orleans School Bd.

Membership

Member Louisiana House of Representatives, 1856. Member Louisiana Secession Convention 1861 mem. Member Louisiana Constitutional Convention, 1879, 98, chairman judiciary committee, 1898.

Connections

Married Myra Knox, January 8, 1850, 5 children.

father:
Raphael Semmes

mother:
Matilda (Jenkins) Semmes

spouse:
Myra Knox