THATCHER, THOMAS (ca. 1811–?). Thomas Thatcher, soldier and legislator, was born in Virginia around 1811 and had moved to Texas by November 1840, when he represented Refugio County in the Fifth Congress of the Republic of Texas. He was elected justice of the peace of Precinct Four, Colorado County, in 1843 and reelected in 1845. On August 5, 1850, he was elected commissioner of Wharton County. In the 1850 census he was listed as a farmer in Wharton County. He was thirty-nine years old, possibly married, with one son. On May 25, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Thomas S. Deaderick's company, the Wharton Rifles, Light Infantry, 22nd Brigade.
Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
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