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Born at the close of one century, Thomas was a public servant instrumental in taking Texas into the future. After a tour in the U.S. Army during World War I, Thomas certainly had a grasp of civic duty. He began his public service in Nacogdoches where he served County Attorney, District Attorney for the southern district of Texas, and then as a U.S. Congressman from Harris County. Although Thomas may be remembered more often as the witness to LBJ’s oath of office on Air Force One after the Kennedy assassination, his greatest contribution was the acquisition of the U. S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Manned Spacecraft Center for Houston and the State of Texas. By the time of his death in 1966, Thomas ranked 11th in seniority in the House of Representative and was respected for his steady influence and work on important committees. And, indeed, his thirty–plus years in service to the people of Texas places him in the top Texas Lone Stars category.