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Thompson in 1887

Albert Clifton Thompson (January 23, 1842 – January 26, 1910) was a lawyer, soldier, judge, and three-term U.S. Representative from Ohio.


Born in Brookville, Pennsylvania, Thompson attended the common schools and Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He later studied law.

He served in the Union Army during the Civil War as the second lieutenant of Company B, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to captain of Company K in the same regiment on November 28, 1861. He served until March 23, 1863, when he was discharged on account of wounds received in the Second Battle of Bull Run.

He resumed the study of law and was admitted to the bar on December 13, 1864. He commenced practice in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1865. Thompson was elected probate judge of Scioto County, Ohio, in October 1869. He was subsequently elected as common pleas judge of the Seventh judicial district of Ohio in October 1881.

Thompson was elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1890 and resumed the practice of law.

Thompson was appointed by President William McKinley as chairman of the commission to revise and codify the criminal and penal laws of the United States June 21, 1897. He was appointed United States judge for the Southern District of Ohio September 13, 1898, and served until his death in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 26, 1910. He was interred in Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth, Ohio.

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