Senator Thomas, Governor’s Photograph Album, 1878, RG-22, PSA
Doctor Joseph Thomas (R10) Bucks County 1879-1882
Joseph Thomas, born June 15, 1830, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; son of Elias and Sarah Snyder Thomas; private school education; Doylestown Academy; teacher, Fox Chase, Philadelphia, 1847-1853; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1856; practiced, at Applebachville; Surgeon, Civil War 1859-1865; Republican Presidential elector, 1876; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1879-1886; alternate delegate, Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1884; married, Sarah Ott, 1860, son, Byron Thomas; died, January 28, 1908 (aged 78), Pullen, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, interment Union Cemetery, Quakertown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Civil War Union Army Surgeon; served, Civil War, Captain, 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves, 1859, Chief Surgeon, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Chief Surgeon, 82nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; wounded, Charles City Crossroads, Henrico County, Virginia, June 30, 1862, having “a memorandum book” stuck in his chest pocket saved his life by blocking the full force of the minie-ball. Mustered out, regiment, June 1, 1865.
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:
Original member, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, #000077.
The Plants, Birds and Mammals of Bucks County, Pennsylvania (1876) Joseph Thomas (Author), I. S. Moyer (Author)
Republican Presidential elector, electors meeting, December 6, 1876.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate 10th district, Bucks County, 1879-1882, committee assignments, Library, Retrenchment and Form.
Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1884.
Filed for a United States Army Invalid Veteran Pension (Application #1339236, Certificate #1114954) August 16, 1905.
Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1879). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 704, 710-712, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 668.