"(November 9, 1814 -- September 10, 1904) Anthony Thornton was a lawyer, soldier, judge, and American politician. Thornton was born near Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky and moved to practice law in Illinois in 1836. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1836. He was a major of militia during the war with Mexico. He was a delegate to the State constitutional conventions in 1847 and 1862. He was a member of the State house of representatives in 1850. He was a Justice for the Supreme Court of Illinois from 1870 to 1873 when he resigned. He was then president of the State Bar Association for four terms and was a chairman of the State board of arbitration (1895-1897). He was elected as a democrat for the 39th Congress (March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1867) and was not a candidate for renomination. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - present', avilable at https://www.quillproject.net/person/8191]"
Illinois Delegation - United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866