Thomas H. Blake
Thomas H. Blake
|9th Commissioner of the General Land Office|
May 19, 1842 – April 16, 1845
James K. Polk
|Preceded by||Elisha Mills Huntington|
|Succeeded by||James Shields|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 1st district
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1829
|Preceded by||Ratliff Boon|
|Succeeded by||Ratliff Boon|
|Born||June 14, 1792|
Calvert County, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||November 28, 1849 (aged 57)|
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Resting place||Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute|
|Branch/service||District of Columbia Militia|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812|
* Battle of Bladensburg
Born in Calvert County, Maryland, Blake attended the public schools, and studied law in Washington, D.C.; during his time in Washington, he served as a member of the militia of the District of Columbia which took part in the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814, during the War of 1812. He later moved to Kentucky and then Indiana. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Terre Haute, Indiana; he served as prosecuting attorney and judge of the circuit court, serving as the US Attorney for the District of Indiana from 1817 to 1818. He was also a businessman who served in the Indiana House of Representatives.
Blake was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 20th United States Congress, sitting from March 4, 1827 to March 3, 1829; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress. On May 19, 1842, President Tyler appointed him as Commissioner of the General Land Office; he served until April 1845.
In later years, he was a resident trustee of the Wabash & Erie Canal, and he also visited England as a financial agent of the state of Indiana. While returning from that trip, he died in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 28, 1849, and was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, in Terre Haute.
- United States Congress. "Thomas H. Blake (id: B000534)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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