THISTLEWOOD, Napoleon Bonaparte, (1837 - 1915)


THISTLEWOOD, Napoleon Bonaparte, a Representative from Illinois; born near Harrington, Kent County, Del., March 30, 1837; attended the public schools; moved to Mason, Ill., in 1858 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; enlisted in the Union Army in 1862; captain of Company C, Ninety-eighth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; served in the Army of the Cumberland, in Wilder’s brigade, and with Wilson’s Cavalry Corps; returned to Mason and resumed business pursuits; moved to Cairo, Ill., and engaged in the commission business; mayor of Cairo, Ill., 1879-1883 and again 1897-1901; department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic for Illinois in 1901; elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George W. Smith; reelected to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses and served from February 15, 1908, to March 3, 1913; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; retired and was a resident of Cairo, Ill., until his death in that city September 15, 1915; interment in Beech Grove Cemetery, Mounds, Ill.