Thomas Tyler Bouldin was a member of the(1821–1829) and the (1829–1834). Born in Charlotte County to a prominent family, he studied law and won a seat on the General Court, riding circuit to preside over criminal cases and hear appeals. At the same time he operated a law practice and a plantation, making him very wealthy. A protégé of John Randolph of Roanoke, he ran for Congress in 1829 only to be defeated by his mentor after two terms, in 1833. When Randolph died in office, however, Bouldin returned to the capital only to himself die after collapsing in the House chamber in 1834.