Napoleon B. Thistlewood
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 25th district
February 15, 1908 - March 3, 1913
|George Washington Smith|
|Robert P. Hill|
|Born||March 30, 1837|
Kent County, Delaware
|Died||September 15, 1915 (aged 78)|
Napoleon Thistlewood was born in Kent County, Delaware, near the town of Harrington. He attended the public schools in that area. In 1858 he moved to Mason, Illinois, and engaged in mercantile pursuits.
Thistlewood served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After the war he returned to Mason and resumed business pursuits. He later moved to Cairo, Illinois, where he served two terms as that city's mayor, 1879-1883 and 1897-1901. He died in Cairo in 1915. He was interred in Beech Grove Cemetery, Mounds, Illinois.
Thistlewood enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 and served as captain of Company C, Ninety-eighth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served in the Army of the Cumberland, in Wilder's Brigade, and with Wilson's Cavalry Corps.
At the conclusion of his second mayoral term in Cairo, Thistlewood was named Department Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic for Illinois (1901).
Thistlewood was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the 1907 death of George W. Smith. He was elected to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses and served from February 1908 to March 1913. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress. He retired and was a resident of Cairo, Illinois, until his death in that city on 15 September 1915.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.