Albert C. Thompson

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Albert C. Thompson
Albert C Thompson.jpg
c. 1887
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
In office
September 23, 1898 – January 26, 1910
Appointed by William McKinley
Preceded by George Read Sage
Succeeded by seat abolished
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 No degree
Read law
Profession Attorney
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, three-term U.S. Representative from Ohio and a United States District Judge.

Early life and military service[edit]

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.

Legal career and State judicial service[edit]

He read law in 1864 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.

Congressional service[edit]

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 on June 21, 1897.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Thompson served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Thompson received a recess appointment from President William McKinley on September 23, 1898, to a seat vacated by George Read Sage and was nominated on December 13, 1898, to the same seat. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 20, 1898, and received his commission the same day. He served until his death in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 26, 1910.


He is interred in Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth, Ohio.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

See also[edit]

U.S. 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
Legal offices
Preceded by
George Read Sage
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Succeeded by
seat abolished