Thomas H. Blake

For other people named Thomas Blake, see Thomas Blake (disambiguation).

Thomas Holdsworth Blake (June 14, 1792 – November 28, 1849) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born in Calvert County, Maryland, Blake attended the public schools. He studied law in Washington, D.C.. He served as member of the militia of the District of Columbia which took part in the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814. He moved to Kentucky and thence to Indiana. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Terre Haute, Indiana. He served as prosecuting attorney and judge of the circuit court, being US Attorney for the District of Indiana 1817-1818. Abandoned the practice of law to engage in business. He served as member of the State house of representatives.

Blake was elected as an Adams to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1829). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress. He was appointed Commissioner of the General Land Office by President Tyler on May 19, 1842, and served until April 1845. Chosen resident trustee of the Wabash & Erie Canal. Visited England as financial agent of the State of Indiana and, while returning, died in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 28, 1849. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Indiana.



     This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

     "Blake, Thomas Holdsworth". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900. 

    United States House of Representatives
    Preceded by
    Ratliff Boon
    Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
    from Indiana's 1st congressional district

    Succeeded by
    Ratliff Boon
    Political offices
    Preceded by
    Elisha Mills Huntington
    Commissioner of the General Land Office
    Succeeded by
    James Shields

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