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James Thomas (Governor of Maryland)

James Thomas
23rd Governor of Maryland
In office
January 17, 1833 – January 14, 1836
Preceded by George Howard
Succeeded by Thomas Veazey
Personal details
Born (1785-03-11)March 11, 1785
St. Mary's County, Maryland, U.S.
Died December 25, 1845(1845-12-25) (aged 60)
"Deep Falls," St. Mary's County, Maryland, U.S.
Political party anti-Jacksonian
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Coates
Profession physician

James Thomas (March 11, 1785 – December 25, 1845) served as the 23rd Governor of the state of Maryland in the United States from 1833 to 1836. He practiced medicine and served as judge in several courts throughout Maryland, and served in the Maryland State Senate from 1824 to 1830.


He was born at "De la Brooke Manor" in St. Mary's County, Maryland on March 11, 1785, the son of William Thomas and Catherine Boarman. He entered St. John’s College with the class of 1800, but he did not graduate. He graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy in 1804. Thomas studied medicine in Philadelphia and received his doctor’s degree there in 1807. In 1808, he married his cousin, Elizabeth Coates.[1]

He practiced medicine in St. Mary's County until the outbreak of the War of 1812. Thomas also served as a justice of the peace and, from 1810 to 1812, was a member of the Levy Court of St. Mary’s County. He was commissioned as major in the Fourth Maryland Cavalry and later brevetted a major general.[1]

After the war, Thomas resumed his medical practice, but soon entered politics. He served as a

Political offices
Preceded by
George Howard
Governor of Maryland
Succeeded by
Thomas Veazey
  1. ^ a b c d Frank F. White, Jr. (1970), "Biography of James Thomas", The Governors of Maryland 1777-1970, Annapolis: The Hall of Records Commission, pp. 107–109,  


When his term expired on January 14, 1836, he retired to his home at "Deep Falls," St. Mary’s County. He died there on Christmas Day 1845, and was buried in the Thomas’ family cemetery at "Deep Falls".[1]


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