Member Biography

Joseph Thomas 


Senator Thomas, Governor’s Photograph Album, 1878, RG-22, PSA

Sessions Office Position District Party
1879-1880       10 Republican
1881-1882       10 Republican



06/15/1830 - 01/28/1908

Doctor Joseph Thomas (R10) Bucks County 1879-1882

Early Life: 

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.  

Early Career: 

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)

Pennsylvania Politics:
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.


Cox, Harold Senate Members "T" ( University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1879). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 704, 710-712, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 668.

Dr Joseph Thomas (1829-1908) - Find a Grave Memorial