THOMAS, PERCY, ticket receiver of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, was born at South Easton, Northampton county, Pa., May 6, 1854. His father, Herbert Thomas, was born in Montgomery county, Pa., and is of Welsh ancestry. He is now extensively engaged in the lumber business at Louisville, Ky. He served with distinction during the late war as Captain of company D, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg. He was a prominent business man in Lancaster and Clinton counties, where he is widely and favorably known. His wife, Henrietta (Hecht) Thomas, mother of the subject of this sketch, was of German ancestry. Her father, Rev. John P. Hecht, was a noted Lutheran clergyman, and her mother was a native of Harrisburg. She died in Jeffersonville, Ind., March 23, 1895. They had born to them a family of seven children, four of them whom survive: Percy, Edward H., residing at Chattanooga, Tenn., Grace B., and William Herbert, residing with their father at Jeffersonville, Ind.
Percy received his primary education in the public schools of Northampton and Clinton. He also had the advantage of a three years’ course at Tremont Seminary, Norristown, Pa. He was connected with his father’s business as accountant for six years. On January 15, 1876, he entered the service of the Pennsylvania railroad as train agent of the Middle and Pittsburgh division, with headquarters at Pittsburgh, and later was transferred to the general office at Philadelphia. In 1882 he removed to Michigan and spent two years in the lumber regions of that State. In 1885 he returned to the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as clerk in the auditing department at Philadelphia, and on October 1, 1887, was appointed to his present position, which he has filled acceptably since that date.
Mr. Thomas was married at Columbia, Pa., September 17, 1877, to Alice E. Snyder, daughter of Jacob S. and Mary (Matheot) Snyder. To them has been born one son, Jacob Herbert, born at Columbia, Pa., September 14, 1878. Mr. Thomas is a Republican. He attends the Lutheran church.