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Thomas Burr Osborne (politician)

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Preceded by  Thomas T. Whittlesey
Role  U.S. representative
Resigned  March 3, 1843
Name  Thomas Osborne
Succeeded by  Samuel Simons

Alma mater  Yale College (1817)
Party  Whig Party
Political party  Whig
Education  Yale University
Resting place  Evergreen Cemetery
Born  July 8, 1798 Weston, Connecticut (1798-07-08)
Spouse(s)  Elizabeth Huntington Dimon
Died  September 2, 1869, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Thomas Burr Osborne (July 8, 1798 – September 2, 1869) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut. He also served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives and Connecticut Senate.


Early life and family

Born in Easton, Connecticut (called Weston at the time), the son of Jeremiah and Anna (Sherwood) Osborne, he was graduated from Yale College in 1817. He was married to Elizabeth Huntington Dimon, daughter of Ebenezer Dimon. Their daughter Mary Elizabeth Osborne married Henry B. Harrison, Governor of Connecticut from 1885 to 1887. Their son Arthur Dimon Osborne (April 17, 1828 – April 14, 1920) was a lawyer, law professor at Yale University, and president of the Second National Bank of New Haven. His son Thomas Burr Osborne (August 5, 1859 – January 29, 1929) was a biochemist and co-discoverer of Vitamin A.

Political career

He was admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Fairfield, Connecticut. He served as clerk of the county and superior courts 1826–1839. He served as member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1836.

Osborne was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 4, 1843). He served as chairman of the Committee on Patents (Twenty-seventh Congress).

He served in the Connecticut Senate in 1844, and the same year was appointed judge of the Fairfield County Court, which office he held for several years.

He was again a member of the state House of Representatives in 1850. He served as judge of probate for Fairfield district in 1851.

Later life

He moved to New Haven in 1854. Osborne was a Professor at Yale Law School from 1855 until 1865, when he resigned. He died in New Haven, Connecticut and was interred in Evergreen Cemetery.


Thomas Burr Osborne (politician) Wikipedia

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