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Thomas A.E. Weadock (1850-1938)
Prominent lawyer, congressman and politician.

Biography: Added June, 2011.

Men of Progess:
Biographical Sketches of Representative Men of Michigan - 1900


Though a resident of Detroit since 1895, Mr. Weadock's public service was rendered in Bay City. He was born in County Wexford, Ireland, fifty years ago (January 1, 1850), one of the large family, the children of Lewis and Mary (Cullen) Weadock. His father's family, although originally Flemish, were prominent in Irish affairs for many generations, his mother's family also being one of the oldest in Ireland. The parents came to America a few months after the birth of son Thomas, and located on a farm near St Mary's, Ohio. The son attended the public schools up to the age of 13, when by reason of the death of his father, he had to assume the management of the farm, his older brother being absent in the Union army. He continued a course of private study in connection with his home duties,until the discharge of his brother from army in 1865, when he went to Cincinnati. He first entered a printing office, which did not prove to his taste, and after a few months' service as clerk, he returned home and was employed some five years in teaching in his own and adjacent counties, pursuing his studies meanwhile. He entered the Law Department of the University at Ann Arbor in 1871, graduated therefrom two years later and was at once admitted to the bar. He was also admitted to the Ohio bar, and in 1884 to the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Weadock located at Bay City in September, 1873. He was elected mayor of the city in 1883, serving until 1885, but declined a further election. Since 1881 he has been a law partner with his brother, John C., under the firm name of T. A. E. and J. C. Weadock, and the firm still continues. Mr. Weadock was Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Bay county (January, 1875, to July, 1877) and the death of the Prosecutor, his partner, G. M. Wilson, he was appointed by Hon. Sanford M. Green to fill out the term, giving a vigorous administration. His law practice has been extensive and his cases are found in the Michigan Reports, from 36 Mich. Down.

A Democrat in politics, Mr. Weadock has been active in the work of the party, both on the stump and in its counsels. He has served as chairman of the city and county committees and has presided over the Congressional and State Conventions of the party, and was a delegate-at-large to the Chicago Convention of 1896. He was elected to Congress from the Tenth District in 1890 and re-elected in 1892, being the only Democrat ever elected from that district without fusion. He was a useful member of that body and especially successful in securing appropriations for local improvements. He aided in securing an increase of pay for the Life Saving Service of men and had the eastern judicial district of Michigan divided into southern and northern divisions. In both his campaigns he was virulently opposed by a secret anti-Catholic society, which has been not inaptly rendered “Ambushed Political Assassins.” His most notable speech in Congress was an exposure of the secret oaths and aims o this society. He declined a renomination for Congress in 1894. In 1893 he made an extensive tour in Europe. He has published papers on Rev. Gabriel Richard, Hon. Sanford M. Green and Pere Marquette. He was the author and supporter in Congress of a joint resolution allowing statue of Pere Marquette to be received in Statuary Hall at Washington (though not a citizen of Wisconsin), that state having appropriated the money for the statue many years before. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Detroit Bar Association and the Detroit Club. Mr. Weadock has been twice married. His first wife, Mary E. Tarsney, died March 11, 1889, leaving three daughters and three sons. The oldest son, Thomas J., is now a lawyer in Detroit. His second wife was Miss Nannie E. Curtiss, who is the mother of one child. Of the eleven children born to him, Mr. Weadock has lost four by death.

Family data. Added June, 2011.

The City of Detroit, Michigan, Vol. 4 – 1922.


Mr. Weadock has been twice married. He first wedded Mary E. Tarsney, a sister of Hon. Timoth E. Tarsney and John C. Tarsney, both members of congress. She died March 11, 1899, leaving six children: Thomas J., who died in 1912; Lewis J., a practicing at Bay City; Paul, who practices law in Detroit; Mrs. J. H. Porter and Isabel, of Detroit; and Mrs. R. L. Morrison, of Birmingham, Alabama. For his second wife Mr. Weadock chose Miss Nannie E. Curtiss, and of this marriage has been born a son, George P., who was a student in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor but left to enter the army as member of the Sixth United States Marines, the famous command that won undying fame at the battles of Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Miheil, the Champagne, and in the terrible drive though the Argonne forest.

1914 Business bio. (Added Oct., 2008)

The Book of Detroiters, by Albert Nelson Marquis (1914)

Thomas A. E. Weadock

WEADOCK, Thomas A. E., lawyer; born Ireland, Jan. 1, 1850; son of Lewis and Mary (Cullen) Weadock; came to America with parents, 1850; educated in district school in Ohio and St. Mary's Union School; married 1874, Mary E. Tarsney, who died, 1889; again, in 1893, Nannie E. Curtiss; children: Lewis J., Paul, Isabel, Clare, Monica, George P. Admitted to bar, 1873, and began practice at Bay City, 1874; has practiced in Detroit since 1895; prosecuting attorney two years; mayor Bay City, 1883-85; representative to Congress, Bay City District, 1891-95; Democrat; delegate-at-large Democratic National Convention, 1896. Served 2 years in Michigan Militia. Member American and Michigan State Bar associations, Association Bar City of Detroit. Roman Catholic. Club: Detroit. Recreations: horseback riding and collection of books. Office 810-811 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 102 Ferry Ave. E.

1938 Congressional bio. (Added April, 2007)

Political Biography - Library of Congress

WEADOCK, Thomas Addis Emmet, a Representative from Michigan;
born in Ballygarrett, County Wexford, Ireland, on January 1, 1850;
immigrated to the United States in infancy with his parents, who settled on a farm near St. Marys, Auglaize County, Ohio;
educated in the common schools and the Union School at St. Marys;
taught school in the counties of Auglaize, Shelby, and Miami for five years;
was graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in March 1873;
was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Bay City, Mich.;
served in the State militia 1874-1877;
prosecuting attorney of Bay County in 1877 and 1878;
chairman of the Democratic State conventions in 1883 and 1894;
mayor of Bay City 1883-1885;
member of the board of education of Bay City in 1884;
elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895);
chairman, Committee on Mines and Mining (Fifty-third Congress);
declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1894;
delegate at large to the Democratic National Convention in 1896;
resumed the practice of law in Bay City, and later moved to Detroit, and continued to practice;
unsuccessful Democratic candidate for judge of the supreme court of Michigan in 1904;
appointed a professor of law in the University of Detroit in 1912;
appointed an associate justice of the State supreme court in 1933;
died in Detroit, Mich., November 18, 1938;
interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.

(Added April, 2007)

The American Statesman by Thomas W. Herringshaw

WEADOCK, THOMAS A.E., lawyer, congressman, was born Jan 1, 1850 in Ireland.
In 1877 he was appointed prosecuting attorney of Bay county, and served till 1878.
He was mayor of Bay City from 1883 to 1885;
and was a member of the board of education of Bay City for a short time.
He was elected to the fifty-second and fifty-third congresses as a democrat.
He now practices law in Detroit, Mich.
His son, Thomas J. Weadock, practices with him;
and also is associated with his brother, John C. Weadock and son, Lewis J. Weadock, in the law offices at Bay City;
and resides in Detroit, Mich.

Additional Notes.

    1880 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Weadock, Thos. A.E. - b. 1850, Ireland
  • Mary E., wife - b. 1852, Mich.
  • Thomas J., son - b. 1876, Mich.(died 4 May 1912, at Guelph, Wellington, Ont.)
  • Alice M.B., dau - b. 1878, Mich. (died 28 Jun 1881)
  • Agnes L., dau - b. 1879, MIch.
    Note - son, Louis Joseph died at birth, 10 Jul 1881. (second son Louis J. born in 1882.)

    1910 - Census: Detroit, Wayne, Mich.

  • Weadock, Thomas A. E. - age 60, b. Ireland
  • Nannie C., wife - age 55, b. New York
  • Mary J., dau - age 26, b. Mich.
  • Paul, son - age 24, b. Mich.
  • M. Monica, dau - age 22 b. Mich. (married John H. Portor in 1914)
  • George P., son - age 14, b. Mich. (married Martha A. Currie in 1923)

    1910 – Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Date: June 11, 1910.
  • Louis Weadock, born in 1882, son of Thomas A. E. Weadock and Mary E. Tarsney, marriage to Gertrude Greening, born in Bay City, daughter of John C. Greening and Josephine A. Tromble.

    1914 - Michigan Marriages: Detroit, Wayne, Mich.

  • Date: April 30, 1914.
  • Groom: John H. Porter, b. 1874, Mich., son of Arthur Portor and ? Cornevin.
  • Bride: Monica Weadock, b. 1888, Mich., daughter of Thomas A. Weadock and ? Tassney.
  • Official: Francis J. Van Autuerp?, pastor.
  • Witnesses: Alphonse Drew & Mary L. Weadock.

    1930 - Census: Detroit, Wayne, Mich.

  • Weadock, Thomas A. - b. 1850, Ireland - widow.
  • Isabelle M., dau, - b. 1889, Mich. - single.
  • Porter, John H, son-inlaw - b. 1870, Mich.
  • Winfred M., relative - b. 1892, Mich.
  • Mary E., relative - b. 1917, Mich.
  • Muncie E., relative - b. 1920, Mich.
  • Joan, relative - b. 1926, Mich.

    1933 - Ohio Deaths: St. Mary', Auglaize, Ohio.

  • James Weadock born March 12, 1843, Ireland, son of Louis Weadock and Mary Cullum, died January 13, 1933.
Related Notes & Pages


Thomas A.E. Weadock

  • Spouse 1: Mary E. Tarsney, died 1889.
  • Spouse 2: Nannie E. Curstiss, died 1927.
  • Parents: Lewis & Mary (Cullen) Weadock.
  • Brothers: Geo. Wm. Weadock, John C. Weadock
    Related Pages:
    Green, Sanford M.
    Weadock, John C. brother
    Weadock, Lewis J. son
  • People Referenced
    Cullen, Mary (mother)
    Curtiss, Nannie E. (2nd wife)
    Drew, Alphonse
    Green, Sanford M.
    Greening, John C.(son-inlaw)
    Marquette, Pere
    Potter, Arthur
    Potter, Joan (g-dau)
    Potter, John H.(son-inlaw)
    Potter, Mary E. (g-dau)
    Potter, Muncie E. (g-son)
    Richard, Gabriel
    Tarsney, John C. (bro-inlaw)
    Tarsney, Mary E. (1st wife)
    Tarsney Timoth E. (bro-inlaw)
    Tromble, Josephine A.
    Weadock, Agnes L. (dau)
    Weadock, Alice M.B.(dau)
    Weadock, Clare (dau.)
    Weadock, George P. (son)
    Weadock, George W. (bro)
    Weadock, Isabel (dau.)
    Weadock, James M. (bro)
    Weadock, John C. (bro.)
    Weadock, Lewis (father)
    Weadock, Lewis J. (son)
    Weadock, Monica (dau.)
    Weadock, Paul (son)
    Weadock, Thomas J. (son)
    Weadock, Thomas A.E.(subj.)
    Wilson, G.M.
    Subjects Referenced
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Assoc. Justice, MI Supreme Ct.
    Auglaize Co. OH
    Ballygarret, Co. Wexford
    Bay City, MI
    Bay Co., MI
    Bd. of Ed., Bay City
    Cincinnati, OH
    County Wexford, Ireland
    Detroit, MI
    Fifty-second Congress
    Fifty-third Congress
    Mayor, Bay City
    Miami Co., OH
    Mich. state militia
    Professor of law, U.D.
    Prosecuting atty.
    Shelby Co., OH
    St. Marys, OH
    St. Patrick's Cem, Bay City
    Union School, St. Marys
    Univ. of Detroit
    Univ. of Michigan
    Internet References
  • [Biography] Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society.
  • WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.