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Thomas James Walsh


In office
March 4, 1913 – March 2, 1933
Preceded by Joseph M. Dixon
Succeeded by John E. Erickson

Born June 12, 1859
Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Died March 2, 1933 (aged 73)
near Wilson, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
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Thomas James Walsh (June 12, 1859 – March 2, 1933) was a lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Helena, Montana, in the United States. He represented Montana in the United States Senate from 1913 until 1933. He helped expose the Teapot Dome Scandal, was chairman of the Democratic National Convention in New York in 1924, and that in Chicago in 1932, opposed child labor, and supported women's suffrage.

Walsh was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Walsh was nominated for the post of Attorney General by the incoming President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he died on a train near Wilson, North Carolina while traveling to Washington, D.C.

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In office
March 4, 1913 – March 2, 1933
Preceded by Joseph M. Dixon
Succeeded by John E. Erickson

Born June 12, 1859
Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Died March 2, 1933 (aged 73)
near Wilson, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Profession Law

Thomas James Walsh (June 12, 1859 – March 2, 1933) was a lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Helena, Montana, in the United States.

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Background

An Irish Catholic, Walsh was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, where his father was an active Democrat and a member of the school board. He spent some time teaching in the public schools of that region before becoming a lawyer. Moving to Helena, Montana in 1890 Walsh worked on injury cases involving railroad accidents and on copper litigation.

Career

Walsh became a leader in Democratic Party politics in Helena, Montana. He was defeated in the 1906 election for Congress. He served in the United States Senate from 1913 until 1933. Walsh gained fame for his legal ability in the Judiciary Committee and on the floor. He emerged as a spokesman for President Woodrow Wilson in the Senate and supported the graduated income tax, farm loans, and woman suffrage. He managed President Wilson's western campaign against Charles Evans Hughes, which resulted in Wilson a very narrow reelection victory. Walsh, unlike many Irish Catholics, supported Wilson's foreign-policy. He voted for war against Germany in 1917 and in 1919 supported Wilson's peace plans, including the League of Nations.

In the 1920s, Walsh took the lead in exposing the Teapot Dome Scandal that involve top officials of the administration of President Warren G. Harding. He was chairman of the Democratic National Convention in New York in 1924, and that in Chicago in 1932. Walsh opposed child labor, and supported women's suffrage and prohibition.

Walsh was nominated for the post of Attorney General by the incoming President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he died while traveling to Washington for Roosevelt's inauguration.

Further reading

  • J. Leonard Bates. "Walsh, Thomas James"; American National Biography Online Feb. 2000
  • J. Leonard Bates, ed. Tom Walsh in Dakota Territory: Personal Correspondence of Senator Thomas J. Walsh and Elinor C. McClements (1966).

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