Abner D. Thomas
Thomas was born in New York State, and became a school teacher and physician after moving to Chicago in 1856. During the Civil War he served as major-surgeon. He left the service at Post Lewisburg, Arkansas, in June 1865. At Post Lewisburg he became a planter, miller, and druggist.
In 1883 Thomas invented several pieces of labor-saving cotton handling machines, including the self-packing cotton press. He entered into business with his brother D. H. Thomas and established a large manufactory in Morrilton. In 1886 the operation was relocated to Little Rock.
- Goodspeed's History of Pulaski County, Arkansas (1889).