Albert C. Thompson

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Albert Clifton Thompson
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c. 1887
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
In office
September 13, 1898 – January 26, 1910
Appointed by William McKinley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Alphonso Hart
Succeeded by Jacob J. Pugsley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by William W. Ellsberry
Succeeded by John M. Pattison
Personal details
Born (1842-01-23)January 23, 1842
Brookville, Pennsylvania
Died January 26, 1910(1910-01-26) (aged 68)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Resting place Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth, Ohio
Political party Republican
Alma mater Jefferson College
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Union Army
Years of service 1861-1863
Rank Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
Unit Pennsylvania 105th Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

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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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alphonso Hart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Succeeded by
Jacob J. Pugsley
Preceded by
William W. Ellsberry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Succeeded by
John M. Pattison