Member Biography

Thomas Ringland 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1827-1828       20 Democrat
1828-1829       20 Democrat
1829-1830       20 Democrat
1830-1831       20 Democrat
1831-1832       20 Democrat
1832-1833       20 Democrat
1833-1834     Speaker 20 Democrat

COUNTIES: Washington, Greene  


08/03/1783 - 01/06/1869

Colonel Thomas Ringland (D20) Greene and Washington Counties 1828-1830 (D20) Washington County 1830-1831 (D20) Greene and Washington Counties 1831-1833 (D20) Washington County 1833-1834

Early Life: 

Colonel Thomas Ringland, born August 3, 1783, County Down, Northern Ireland, 1783; son of William and Prudence Bailie Ringland; settled, Ten Mile Creek, Morris Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania; engaged, farming: married Anna McCollum, 1811; one daughter, five sons; Major, War of 1812; Colonel, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; unsuccessful campaign, Sheriff, Washington County, 1820; elected, Democrat, House of Representatives, 1825-1828; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate 1828-1834; Speaker of the Senate, 1834; died, January 6, 1868 (aged 84) Grandview, Edgar County, Illinois, interment, Fairview Cemetery, Kansas, Edgar County, Illinois. 

Early Career:

Major, War of 1812; Colonel, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Farming.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful campaign, Sheriff, Washington County, Pennsylvania, 1820.

Elected, Democrat, House of Representatives, Washington County, 1825-1828.
Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Greene and Washington Counties, 1828-1830, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Washington County 1830-1831, chairman, Militia Committee, 1829-1831, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Greene and Washington Counties 1831-1833, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 20th district, Washington County 1833-1834, elected, Speaker of the Senate, 1834.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Not available at this time


Moved, Grandview, Edgar County, Illinois, 1857. Daughter and one son had passed. All remaining sons lived in Grandview, Edgar County, Illinois.  


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "R""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 

The Last Will and Testament of William Ringland, Washington County, Pennsylvania Willbook 4, page 301. 

A New Nation Votes (

History of Washington County, editor Boyd Crumrine (Philadelphia: L.H. Everts and Co., 1882), pages 844-845.

Maj Thomas Ringland (1783-1868) - Find a Grave Memorial