Benton County


House, 55th General Assembly, 1907- 09; representing Benton and Decatur counties; Senate, 56th and 58th General Assembles, 1909-11, 1913-15; representing counties of Benton, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, and McNairy; Democrat. Born 9 January 1870 in Benton County, TN; son of Dorsey Brown and Lucy Jane (Robinson) Thomas. Married Lola Lowery 28 April 1897 in Benton County, daughter of T.J. Lowery; one son -- Wade Lowery, who died at early age. Began career as farmer and livestock dealer; moved to Camden in 1901 and ran unsuccessfully for county court clerk; was living at Eva in 10th Civil District of Benton County during service in legislature; soon after close of 1913 session, clerk in the office of State Treasurer and lived in Nashville for six years, afterwards returned to Eva; moved back to Nashville in 1926, to become secretary of the state's Railroad and Public Utilities Commission, until 1939, when retired to Eva. Secretary of Benton County Democratic Executive Committee, 1892-94, and chairman of that committee, 1894-1904; member of Democratic State Executive Committee, 1922, 1930; member of Democratic Primary Board in 1946. Member Baptist Church; Free and Accepted Masons, 32nd Degree; Knights of Pythias; being a delegate to Grand Lodge of that order in 1911; member Farmers Institute; county chairman Auti-Saloon League. Died 15 June 1950 ; buried in the Camden City Cemetery, Camden, TN. Nephew of Atha Thomas; cousin of Battle Robinson Thomas, sometime members Tennessee General Assembly.

Biographical Directory Tennessee General Assembly 1796-1969 Preliminiary No 13 Page 19