Albert Thomas was born in Nacogdoches, TX on April 12, 1898, to Lonnie (Langston) and James Thomas. He attended local public schools and served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I. Albert graduated from Rice University in 1920. In 1922, while attending the University of Texas, Albert Thomas married his long time sweetheart Lera Millard of Nacogdoches. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1926 with a degree in law. He was admitted to the bar in 1927 and served as Nacogdoches County Attorney from 1927-1930. In 1930, the Thomas’ moved to Houston to allow Albert to serve as assistant United States district attorney, which he did until 1936. The family moved to Washington, D.C. when Albert was elected to Congress. He served in Congress from Jan. 1937 until his death on February 15, 1966. He died in Washington, D.C. and was buried in the Veterans’ Administration Cemetery, Houston, TX.
Scope and Content Note
The majority of this collection contains letters from Albert to Lera, starting in 1915 up to their marriage in 1922. There are also many letters from Lera and her daughters during a European trip they took together in 1954. You will find only a few photos of Albert Thomas and friends at Rice University. The rest of the collection consists of miscellaneous letters, telegrams and cards.
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