REILLY, Thomas Lawrence, (1858 - 1924)


REILLY, Thomas Lawrence, a Representative from Connecticut; was born in New Britain, Hartford County, Conn., September 20, 1858; attended the common schools and was graduated from the Connecticut State Normal School in 1876; assistant town clerk of New Britain in 1876; moved with his parents to Meriden, Conn., in 1877; studied law for a year; employed as a bookkeeper for several years; engaged as a newspaper correspondent until 1886; one of the founders of the Meriden Journal in 1886 and became the city editor; member of the Meriden Board of Education 1896-1903; chairman of the town committee in 1900; mayor of Meriden 1906-1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; employed in the Internal Revenue Service in 1916 and 1917; elected sheriff of New Haven County in 1918; reelected and served until his death in New Haven, Conn., July 6, 1924; interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden, Conn.