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ROBERTSON, Thomas James, senator, born in Fairfield county, South Carolina, 3 August, 1823. He was graduated at South Carolina college in 1843, and studied medicine, but became a planter. He was Governor Robert F. W. Allston's aide-de-camp in 1858-'9. During the civil war he was a decided and open Unionist. He was a member of the State constitutional convention that was held after the passage of the reconstruction acts of congress, and was elected as a Republican to one of the vacant seats in the United States senate. He was re-elected for a full term, serving altogether from 22 July, 1868, till 3 March, 1877, and held the chairmanship of the committee oil manufactures.
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