THOMAS, Lot, (1843 - 1905)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

THOMAS, Lot, a Representative from Iowa; born near Markleysburg, Fayette County, Pa., October 17, 1843; attended the public schools and Vermillion Institute, Hayesville, Ohio; moved to Iowa in 1868; taught school in New Virginia, Warren County; attended the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City, and was admitted to the bar in 1870; moved to Buena Vista County and settled at Storm Lake in 1870; practiced law; judge of the fourteenth judicial district of Iowa from 1885 until his resignation August 26, 1898, having become a candidate for Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1905); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1904; died on a train near Yuma, Ariz., March 17, 1905, while en route to Los Angeles, Calif.; interment in Storm Lake Cemetery, Storm Lake, Iowa.