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About Thomas Henderson, MD, US Congress
Thomas Henderson (August 15, 1743 – December 15, 1824) was a United States Representative from New Jersey.
Born in Freehold, he attended the public schools and was graduated from Princeton College in 1761. He studied medicine and practiced first in Freneau, and afterwards in Freehold, about 1765. He was a member of the Committee of Safety in 1774 and served as a lieutenant in the New Jersey militia in 1775. He was appointed second major in Col. Charles Stewart's battalion of Minutemen on February 15, 1776, and was a brigade major of the Monmouth County militia, April 19, 1776. He was major of Col. Nathaniel Heard's battalion, June 14, 1776, and later lieutenant colonel and brigadier major at Monmouth.
Henderson was surrogate of Monmouth County in 1776, and a member of the provincial council in 1777. He was elected as a delegate to the Continental Congress, November 17, 1779, but declined to serve on December 25, 1779. He served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1780 to 1784, and was a master in chancery in 1790. He was a member of the New Jersey Legislative Council (now the New Jersey Senate) in 1793 and 1794, serving as Vice President of that body, and in 1793 and 1794 he was Acting Governor of New Jersey. Henderson was elected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress, serving from March 4, 1795 to March 3, 1797. From 1783 to 1799 he was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and was one of the commissioners appointed to settle the boundary line between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was again a member of the State Council in 1812 and 1813, and in 1824 died in Freehold; interment was in Old Tennent Cemetery, Manalapan.