John Thompson (1809–90)

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John Thompson
John Thompson, Representative from New York
John Thompson, Representative from New York
BornJuly 4, 1809 (1809-07-04)
DiedJune 1, 1890 (1890-07) (aged 80)
OccupationAmerican politician

John Thompson (July 4, 1809 – June 1, 1890) was a U.S. Representative from New York. Born in Rhinebeck, New York, he studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859). He did not run for reelection in 1858, and resumed the practice of law.

Thompson was one of the first trustees of Vassar College, and served from 1861 to 1885. He was also president of the Falkill National Bank. He received honorary master of arts degrees from Union College in Schenectady, New York and Yale College.[1]

He died in New Hamburg, New York on June 1, 1890. He was interred in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.


  1. ^ New York State Bar Association, Annual Meeting Proceedings: Death notice, John Thompson, Volume 14, 1891, page 118

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Killian Miller
Representative of the 12th Congressional District of New York
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
Charles Lewis Beale