THOMAS, Charles Randolph, (1861 - 1931)


THOMAS, Charles Randolph, (son of Charles Randolph Thomas [1827-1891]), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Beaufort, Carteret County, N.C., August 21, 1861; attended New Bern (N.C.) Academy and Emerson Institute, Washington, D.C.; was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1881; studied law with his father and at the law school of Judges R.P. Dick and John H. Dillard at Greensboro, N.C.; was admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in New Bern, N.C.; member of the State house of representatives in 1887; attorney for Craven County 1890-1896; elected by the State legislature a trustee of the University of North Carolina in 1893; member of the Democratic State executive committee; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1911); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1910; resumed the practice of law in New Bern, N.C.; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1924; moved to Waynesville, Haywood County, N.C., in 1925 and practiced law; appointed in September 1926 as emergency judge of the superior court by the Governor of North Carolina; resumed the practice of law in Waynesville, N.C.; died in Norfolk, Va., March 8, 1931; interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New Bern, N.C.