US Senator. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law, first in Lexington, and later in Greensboro. A noted instructor, among the students who studied law under him was US Senator William C. Dawson. In 1816 he was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democratic-Republican and served two terms, 1817 to 1821. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1820, but won another term in the House in 1822 as a Crawford Republican, serving as Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures and holding office from March 1823 to December 1824 when he resigned to accept election to the US Senate. He was elected to fill the Senate seat left vacant when Nicholas Ware died, and served from December, 1824 until November, 1828, when he resigned. In both houses of Congress Cobb earned a reputation as a skilled debater, especially as an advocate of slavery and against the Missouri Compromise. Having studied law under William H. Crawford, Cobb was also an avid supporter of Crawford's bid to become President. Cobb returned to Georgia after leaving the Senate and became a Judge of the Superior Court, where he served until his death. Cobb County, Georgia was named in his honor.
Bio by: Bill McKern
Sacred to the memory of the Honorable Thomas W. Cobb, who departed this life on Monday 1st February 1830 in the 46th year of his age. He had been at successive periods a Representative and Senator in the Congress of the United States, and was at the time of his death a judge of the Superior Courts of the State of Georgia. In his domestic circle he was fond and affectionate. As a friend he was ardent and devoted. As a man, honorable, generous, and sincere. As a statesman, independent, and inflexible. As a judge, pure, and incorruptible. Amiable in private, and useful in public life, his death was a deep affliction to his children, his friends, and his country. "An honest man's the noblest work of God."