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Napoleon Bonaparte Thistlewood (March 30, 1837 – September 15, 1915) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.


Napoleon Thistlewood was born near Harrington, Kent County, Delaware, Thistlewood attended the public schools.

He moved to Mason, Illinois, in 1858 and engaged in mercantile pursuits.

He enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 and served as captain of Company C, Ninety-eighth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served in the Army of the Cumberland, in Wilder's brigade, and with Wilson's Cavalry Corps.

After the war he returned to Mason and resumed business pursuits. He moved to Cairo, Illinois, and engaged in the commission business. He served as mayor of Cairo, Illinois from 1879 to 1883 and again 1897-1901. Department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic for Illinois in 1901.

Thistlewood was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George W. Smith. He was reelected to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses and served from February 15, 1908, to March 3, 1913.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress. He retired and was a resident of Cairo, Illinois, until his death in that city September 15, 1915.

He was interred in Beech Grove Cemetery, Mounds, Illinois.

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