Fee, Thomas Milton
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|Source: 1886 - Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa; Page 645-646|
CAPTAIN THOMAS MILTON FEE, attorney at law, Centerville, Iowa, was born at Feesburg, Brown County, Ohio, April 18, 1839. His parents were Thomas J. and Sarah (Hastings) Fee, his father a native of Virginia, of English ancestry, and his mother of Pennsylvania, of Irish descent. His father settled at an early day in Clermont County, Ohio, and later in Brown County, where he laid out the town of Feesburg, and engaged in the mercantile business, living there until 1848, when he removed to Perry, Pike County, Illinois. He died in 1866 at Kirksville, Missouri. The mother died at Bloomington, Illinois, in 1882. Thomas M. Fee remained with his parents till nineteen years of age, receiving a good education in the public schools and the academy at Perry. In 1868 he began teaching and taught six months at Shibbley's Point, Missouri. He then went to Ottumwa, Iowa, and read law in the office of Colonel S. W. Summers, and in 1862 he was admitted to the bar, and the following May he located in Centerville, and began the practice of his profession. For two years he was principal of the city schools of Ottumwa, In August, 1862, he enlisted as private in Company G, Thirty-sixth Iowa Infantry, and in October was promoted to Captain, being the choice of his company, and received his commission from Governor Stone. His regiment was assigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department, serving in Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi. He participated in the battles of Helena, Shell Mound, Little Rock, Jenkin's Ferry, Elkin's Ford, Prairie de Ann, Camden and Mark's Mills. The whole brigade was captured at Mark's Mills, and was imprisoned at Tyler, Texas ten months. From there they were sent to New Orleans, where, in March, 1865, they were exchanged and were ordered to report at St. Charles, Arkansas. Subsequently he was on detached service, first as Assistant Inspector-General of the Trans-Mississippi Department, on the staff of General J. J. Reynolds, and afterward as Inspector-General of the Seventh Army Corps, with headquarters at Duvall's Bluffs, Arkansas, General Schaler commanding. He was discharged at the close of the war, in August, 1865, and returned to Centerville and entered upon the practice of law, which he has since continued, and has built up a large and lucrative practice. In 1874 he was elected district attorney of the Second Judicial District of Iowa for a term of four years, and in 1878 was the nominee of the Republican party for the office of district judge, but that being the year the Greenback wave swept over Iowa, he; with all the Republican candidates in his district, was defeated. Mr. Fee is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a Master. Royal Arch and Knight Templar Mason, and also a member of both lodge and encampment in the Odd Fellows order. He has been eminent commander of his commandery three years. He is a comrade of John L. Bashore Post, No. 122, G. A. R. He has four children living- John A., Martha E., Thomas G. and Mabel E. Fee. His present wife was a graduate of Waynesburg College, Pennsylvania, an estimable lady of culture and learning.