Thomas, John, an American military officer; born in Marshfield, Mass., in 1725; became colonel of provincials in 1759, and in 1760, in command of a regiment under General Amherst, was engaged in operations against the French at Lake Champlain and at Montreal. During the Revolutionary War he raised a regiment of volunteers and was appointed Brigadier-General; took part in the siege of Boston; forced the British to evacuate Dorchester; and participated in the Canadian campaign. He died in Chambly, Canada, June 2, 1776.
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Thomas, John, an Anglo-American religious reformer; born in London, England, April 12, 1805; came to the United States in 1850; joined the Campbellite Baptists, which sect he left to found the Christadelphians; returned to England in 1860, and lectured extensively on the new sect, converting many. He was the author of many books. He died in Jersey City, N. J., March 5, 1871.
Entries from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.