Delegate Thomas CALE

YEARS 1848-1941
OFFICE Delegate
STATE Alaska
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 60th (1907-1909)

Delegate Thomas CALE Biography

CALE, Thomas, a Delegate from the Territory of Alaska; born in Underhill, Chittenden County, Vt., September 17, 1848; attended the district schools and Bell Academy, Underhill Flats, Vt.; moved to Fort Edward, Washington County, N.Y., in 1866; taught school near Underhill Center, Vt., in 1867 and 1868; moved to Fond du Lac, Wis., in 1869; taught school in several districts in Fond du Lac County and then engaged in agricultural pursuits near Eden, Wis.; town clerk of Eden 1881-1884; member of the board of commissioners of Fond du Lac County 1884-1886; returned to Fond du Lac and served as undersheriff of Fond du Lac County 1886-1888; county sheriff 1888-1890; engaged as a salesman of farm machinery; moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1898 and engaged in mining; elected as an Independent to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1909); was not a candidate for renomination in 1908; engaged in farming near McLaughlin, S.Dak., 1910-1915 and near Stevens Point, Wis., 1915-1920; retired from active pursuits in 1920 and resided in Fond du Lac, Wis., until his death in that city on February 3, 1941; interment in Calvary Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

University of Alaska, Fairbanks Oral History Office, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library Fairbanks, AK Oral History: In the Frank Young interview, 1970, 1 sound cassette. Frank Young is interviewed by William Cashen in Fairbanks, Alaska on September 16, 1970. In the interview, Young mentions the first delegates from Alaska to Congress, including Thomas Cale.


McCollom, Pat. “Alaska’s First Delegates: Waskey and Cale.” Alaska Journal 3 (Winter 1973): 50-55.

Thomas CALE Committee Assignments

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