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Remarks by Representative Dworshak
Mr. DWORSHAK. Mr. Speaker, JOHN THOMAS, with devotion and loyalty, served his Nation, State, and fellow men. Simplicity characterized his earthly career, which was nevertheless crowned with achievement. Displaying industry, perseverance, and an indomitable will power, he won success in many endeavors. Idahoans recognized his sterling worth and several times elected him to the United States Senate. For almost four decades, JOHN THOMAS contributed materially to the upbuilding of the Gem State. As a pioneer stockman and banker, he aided vastly in the development of the livestock and agricultural industry. His genuine character and natural ability won him a host of friends, and he never failed to assist those who sought his aid.
Shortly after his arrival in Idaho Senator THOMAS took an active part in political affairs, soon becoming chairman of the Republican State central committee. Under his guidance, his party made exceptional progress and directed State affairs.
Possessing rugged individualism himself, the Senator always supported a political philosophy which would protect the rights of citizens under our free enterprise system. His fundamental faith in mankind undoubtedly was responsible for his concept of the supremacy of the individual over the power of the State. He recognized that representative gov
ernment provides the safeguards under which man attains his greatest liberty and highest accomplishments.
Political honors and business success made little change in the perspective of this outstanding American. He still derived much enjoyment from fellowship with his old friends and political associates. He did not vary his habits from the early pioneer days, and he always cherished the commonplace things of life.
Senator THOMAS, as a member of the majority party in the Senate from 1927 to 1933, was an acknowledged authority on livestock and financial subjects. As a member of the finance or revenue committee, he was a tower of strength and wisdom. Although seldom making speeches, he was influential in committee and party deliberations. Being appointed for the second time to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate, he succeeded Senator Borah in 1940. His party then was in the minority, but his past service and extensive experience gave him prestige and influence.
Those intimately acquainted with Senator THOMAS were aware that the greatest inspiration in his successful career was his devoted wife. When Mrs. Thomas passed away in 1943, the Senator's subsequent actions reflected his poignant grief. He was profoundly affected by the loss of the companionship and the sympathetic understanding and guidance of the helpmate who had shared his triumphs and his sorrows. Although he still lavished affection upon his daughter and two grandchildren, he no longer displayed his former zeal.
Idahoans cherish the memory of this outstanding public servant. The life of JOHN THOMAS exemplified to the highest degree the opportunities available to every citizen in this country which he so dearly loved. May eternal peace be his just reward.
Remarks by Representative Sanborn
Mr. Speaker, at the time of the passing from this life of the late Senator JOHN THOMAS I was in the State of Idaho and with all Idaho citizens was shocked to learn of his death.
JOHN THOMAS and I lived in the same county of Gooding and we knew each other well. He served as State chairman of the Republican Party for several years, part of it being while I was serving in the Idaho Legislature. His successful and varied activities, ranging from farming and stock raising to banking, gave him a broad background of practical knowledge that was a great asset to him in his senatorial duties. He made a splendid record in the Senate.
Senator THOMAS was a keen and able businessman and a remarkably good organizer. He demonstrated and availed himself of one of the greatest heritages of the American way of life-the opportunity for self-achievement.
His passing was regretted by all. He was a fine, honorable public servant.