Biography of Thomas C. Wilson (1851- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 633.
Thomas C. WILSON, of the firm of T. C. WILSON & Co., was born in Lincoln County, Mo., April 12, 1851, and is the son of Alexander K. and Alzira (GIBSON) WILSON. The father was born in South Carolina in 1813, and at the age of five was brought to Lincoln County by his parents, who were born, reared and married in Ireland. They immigrated to America about 1806. The mother of Thomas C. was born in Lincoln County, Mo., in 1816 and her parents were natives of South Carolina. When a young man, Alexander learned the blacksmiths trade, at which he worked the principal part of his life. He was justice of the peace for many years, and judge of the county court for six years. For several years, he was a director of the St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad. In politics, he was a Whig and after the war, he espoused the principles of the Republican Party. He died in 1886, and his wife in 1888. Thomas C. was the fifth of eight children. He was educated in the common schools and in the State University, from which he graduated in 1874, having made a specialty of civil engineering, which he followed for some time, on the railroad. In 1881 he drifted into the business. In 1886 the present company was formed, and he became a partner. During the year 1887 they got out about 400,000 ties. In 1885 he married Miss Ann PERKINS, daughter of H. W. PERKINS. She was born in Troy April 15, 1862 and to her marriage were born two children, a son and a daughter. The son is deceased, but the daughter, Hazel, is now living. Politically Mr. WILSON is a Republican. He has made this county his home all his life, and is a good businessman and a competent engineer. He was selected as a delegate to the National Republican Convention at Chicago, from the Seventh district, as alternate, and was nominated by his party for representative of Lincoln County in 1888. Mr. WILSON, his parents, Mrs. WILSON and her parents, all were born in the month of April, a rather singular coincidence.
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