Alabama Auditors

Daniel Thomas, Sr.

State Auditor: 1947-1951


Daniel Harrison Thomas, Sr., of Winfield, was born at Sturgis, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, June 11, 1895. He was the son of Dr. Daniel Harrison and Annie Leola (Barron) Thomas of Choctaw County, Mississippi. Dr. Thomas was a planter, a Democratic comittee man and a delegate to the last Mississippi Constitutional Convention. He is the grandson of Daniel Anderson and Mary (Childers) Thomas and of William Jackson and Elizabeth Edwards Barron, all of Sturgis, Mississippi. The Thomas family is of Virginia. William Thomas served in the Revolutionary Army. Martha DeGaffenreid, his wife, was from South Carolina. Daniel A. Thomas served in the Confederate Army. James Barron who married Gemina McClanahan, was a Virginian. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary Army.


Mr. Thomas was educated at Sturgis, Mississippi; studied Business Administration and Finance at Maryville College, Tennessee, and at Bynes Commercial College in Tyler, Texas. He graduated with a law degree at Blackstone Institute, Chicago. Mr. Thomas served as an accountant since 1915, entering the business world with W.B. Thomas and Company, in Mississippi, and having served in Utah, Chicago, Detroit, Birmingham, and Carbon Hill, Alabama. He was an Alabama Examiner of Public Accounts from 1935 to 1947. He served as an Ordnance Sergent in the U.S. Army on duty at Camp Pike, November 16, 1917, to April 15, 1919. He was a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee from 1939 to 1942. He was a Presbyterian, a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Forty and Eight and the American Legion.


Married: At Winfield, June 19, 1927, Eula Beatrice, daughter of Horace Franklin and Lela (Barnes) Roberts, of Winfield.


Died on September 11, 1960.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1947, 49-50.
ADAH Surname Clippings File.