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Thomas Raines

Thomas Raines, New York State Treasurer

Thomas Raines (August 13, 1842 Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York - August 12, 1924 Rochester, Monroe County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of Rev. John Raines (1818–1877) and Mary (Remington) Raines (1815–1889). Raines was educated in Canandaigua and began his career as a store clerk in Geneva, New York. In 1867 he settled in Rochester, New York and became Cashier of the Farmers' and Mechanics' National Bank.

A Republican, in 1871 he was elected New York State Treasurer. In 1873 he was reelected as a Liberal Republican on the Democratic. He served from 1872 to 1875, and in May 1874, he suffered a nervous breakdown. He was described in contemporary news accounts as a "raving lunatic", being "stark mad", and suffering from "religious frenzy". He was declared incapacitated, and sent to the Utica State Asylum for treatment.

On June 1, Abraham Lansing was appointed Treasurer by Governor John Adams Dix, pending Raines's recovery or a decision by the State Legislature which would convene only next January. After recovering his mental health, Raines was reinstated to the Treasury by Governor Dix on August 19, 1874.

After serving as Treasurer, Raines studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1879, and practiced in Rochester as a partner in the firm of Raines and Raines. In 1883 he was appointed a special county judge of Monroe County. In 1911, he served as President of the Monroe County Bar Association.

Raines died in Rochester on August 12, 1924. He was buried in Section K of Mount Hope Cemetery (Rochester)|Mount Hope Cemetery]].

Congressman George Raines (1846–1908) were his brothers.


  • Raines, Thomas, [et al.] (1895). Landmarks of Monroe County, New York. Boston: The Boston History Company. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 


  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • [2] Rep. state ticket, in NYT on October 28, 1871
  • [3] Nominations by the Dem. State Convention, in NYT on October 3, 1873
  • [4] His mental health, in NYT on May 22, 1874
  • [5] Lansing appointed, in NYT on June 2, 1874
  • [6] Raines reinstated, in NYT on August 20, 1874
  • [7] Monroe County Bar Association, past presidents
  • Thomas Raines at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Wheeler H. Bristol
New York State Treasurer
1872 - 1874
Succeeded by
Abraham Lansing
Preceded by
Abraham Lansing
New York State Treasurer
1874 - 1875
Succeeded by
Charles N. Ross
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