Albert Thomas papers
This collection documents the work of Albert Thomas, U.S. Representative for the district including Harris County, Texas, from 1936-1966, in regards to his connection to the Port of Houston. It includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a photograph.
Albert Thomas was the first Rice Alumnus to serve in Congress. He graduated from Rice Institute in 1920 and from University of Texas law school in 1926. He was elected county attorney in Nacogdoches in 1927, and served there until 1930, when he moved to Houston to become assistant United States district attorney for the southern district of Texas. Thomas was elected to represent the 8th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1936, a position he held until his death. Thomas served on numerous committees and was instrumental in locating the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. Thomas died while in office in 1966 after a long illness.