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Thomas Clarke Theaker

Thomas Clarke Theaker

Male 1812 - 1883

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  • Name  Thomas Clarke Theaker 
    Born  1 Feb 1812  York, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  16 Jul 1883  Oakland, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I7497  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  6 Aug 2007 

    Father  John Theaker,   b. 18 Mar 1769, Harford, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1848, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth Mitchell,   b. 2 Aug 1772, Fawn Township, York, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1836, Belmont, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Nov 1794  York, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1888  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary McConahey,   b. 4 Jul 1816,   d. 22 Dec 1861 
    Married  19 May 1836 
    Children 
     1. Thaddeus N. Theaker,   b. 23 Jul 1838,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Col. Hugh Albert Theaker,   b. 4 Feb 1842, Scotland, Geauga, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1903, Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Elizabeth Theaker,   b. 26 Mar 1844, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1846, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Margaret Elizabeth Theaker,   b. 17 Dec 1846, Belmont, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1936, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Edwin Pollock Theaker,   b. 24 Jan 1850,   d. 19 Jul 1851, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Mary Luella Theaker,   b. 11 Jul 1853,   d. 19 Oct 1854
     7. Mary Ada Theaker,   b. 25 Aug 1856,   d. 27 Oct 1858
    Last Modified  26 May 2002 
    Family ID  F1737  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Belmount County Ohio Congressman (36) from 1859 to 1861

      «b»Thomas Clarke Theaker«/b»
      Birth: Feb. 4, 1812 Death: Jul. 16, 1883 US Congressman. This native of York, Pennsylvania moved to Bridgeport, Ohio in 1830 where he began a career as a machinist and wheelwright. The Republican was elected to represent his district in the Thirty-Sixth Congress from 1859 to 1861. He lost his bid for re-election but remained in Washington DC when he was appointed to a seat on the US Patent Office's Board of Appeals. On August 15, 1865 he was appointed commissioner of the US Patent office. In his new position the former Congressman faced several post -Civil War issues, including how to deal with the large numbers of new patent requests that flooded the office. Theaker also had to address the issue of what to do with requests from "citizens of the states in the rebellion". After consultation, President Andrew Johnson decided that each "former Confederate" applicant must present an authenticated copy of their amnesty oath to the patent office and that those who were of the "excluded class" must present evidence of a pardon. Under his leadership the number of patents applied for increased by up to forty per cent annually and new larger work spaces were gained for the fast growing Patent Office. He resigned and left this position in January of 1868. [2]
    • (Research):THEAKER, Thomas Clarke, a Representative from Ohio; born in York County, Pa., February 1, 1812; attended the common schools; moved to Bridgeport, Belmont County, Ohio, in 1830; became a machinist and wheelwright; was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress; member of the board of commissioners to investigate the Patent Office in 1864, and later was appointed a member of the board of examiners in chief; served as Commissioner of Patents from August 17, 1865, to January 20, 1868; engaged in the practice of patent law in Washington, D.C., until his death in Oakland, Md., July 16, 1883; interment in Weeks Cemetery, near Bridgeport, Ohio.

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Mount Pleasant Historical Society, Unknown, Theaker Pages (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S25] County and Family Histories: OHIO, Chapter XIX; page 178 (Reliability: 3).