THATCHER, Maurice Hudson, (1870 - 1973)

69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

THATCHER, Maurice Hudson, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., August 15, 1870; moved to Butler County, Ky., and settled near Morgantown in 1874; attended public and private schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; was employed in a newspaper office and in various county offices; elected clerk of the circuit court of Butler County in 1892 and served from January 1, 1893, until his resignation in 1896; studied law in Frankfort, Ky.; was admitted to the bar in 1898 and commenced practice in Frankfort; assistant attorney general of Kentucky 1898-1900; moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1900; assistant United States attorney for the western district of Kentucky 1901-1906; State inspector and examiner for Kentucky 1908-1910; member of the Isthmian Canal Commission and civil governor of the Canal Zone 1910-1913; resumed the practice of law in Louisville, Ky.; member of the board of public safety 1917-1919 and department counsel 1919-1923 for the city of Louisville; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1933); in 1932 was nominated for the House of Representatives, but subsequently relinquished that nomination to become his party’s candidate for the United States Senate but was unsuccessful; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; vice president and general counsel of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventative Medicine, Inc., Washington, D.C., 1939-1969, honorary president and general counsel, 1969-1972; died January 6, 1973, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.