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Biography

JOHN THOMAS was born on a farm in Phillips County, Kans., January 4, 1874; attended the rural schools, the high school in Phillipsburg, Kans., and the Central Normal College at Great Bend, Kans.; taught school, serving as superintendent of schools of Phillips County, Kans., 1898–1903; served as register of land office at Colby, Kans., 1906–9; moved to Gooding, Idaho, in 1909; engaged in banking and livestock business; mayor of Gooding, Idaho, 1917–19; chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of Idaho, 1922–24; member of the Republican National Committee, 1925–33; appointed and subsequently elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Frank R. Gooding, and served from June 30, 1928, to March 3, 1933; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932; resumed his business pursuits; again appointed and subsequently elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William E. Borah; reelected in 1942, and served from January 27, 1940, until his death in Washington, D. C., November 10, 1945; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Gooding, Idaho.

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