1840 Connecticut Congressman Thomas W.
Williams Autograph Letter Signed Regarding Pension Matter
This is an letter in the hand of and signed by
Connecticut Congressman Thomas Wheeler Williams during the period he served in
Congress. Williams' Congressional biography gives this information:
Thomas Wheeler, a Representative from Connecticut; born in
Stonington, Conn., September 28, 1789; attended the public schools; at
the age of fifteen was employed as a clerk in New York City, and before
he was twenty-one was employed on a business mission to Norway, Sweden,
and Russia; for about eight years was engaged in the shipping business;
moved to New London, Conn., in 1818 and became a prominent figure in the
whaling business; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and
Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); chairman,
Committee on Mileage (Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses);
member of the State house of representatives in 1846 and 1847; president
of the New London, Willimantic and Palmer Railroad (later the New London
Northern Railroad) in 1847 and for many years thereafter; died in New
London, Conn., December 31, 1874; interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
The letter concerns a request to help with a
pension matter and mentions Congressman's Williams efforts to secure information
on the pension of his correspondent's father.
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