Carmi Thompson

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Carmi Thompson
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30th Ohio Secretary of State
In office
January 14, 1907 – January 9, 1911
Preceded by Lewis C. Laylin
Succeeded by Charles H. Graves
23rd Treasurer of the United States
In office
November 22, 1912 – March 13, 1913
Appointed by William Howard Taft
Preceded by Lee McClung
Succeeded by John Burke
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Lawrence County district
In office
January 4, 1904 – January 13, 1907
Preceded by Daniel B. Mauck
Succeeded by A. Clark Lowry
Personal details
Born (1870-09-04)September 4, 1870
Wayne County, West Virginia, U.S.
Died June 22, 1942(1942-06-22) (aged 71)
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, U.S.
Resting place Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Ohio
Political party Republican
Alma mater Ohio State University College of Law

Carmi Alderman Thompson[1] (September 4, 1870 – June 22, 1942)[2][3] was a Republican politician in the U.S. state of Ohio who was Speaker of the Ohio House and Ohio Secretary of State from 1907 to 1911. He also fought in the Spanish–American War.


Carmi Thompson was born at Wayne County, West Virginia. He was moved to Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio when he was three years old, where he graduated from Ironton High School in 1886.[4]

Thompson graduated from Ohio State University in 1892, and taught at the High School in Bement, Illinois for two years. He returned to Ohio State, and graduated from the law school in 1895 with a degree Bachelor of Laws. He began practice in Ironton. He was appointed, and then elected City Solicitor of Ironton from 1896 to 1903.[4]

Thompson was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1903 and served in the 76th and 77th General Assemblies, 1904–1906. In the 77th General Assembly (1906), he was chosen Speaker of the House.[4] In 1906, he was nominated, and then elected Secretary of State, resigned from the House, and served in 1907–1911.

During the Spanish–American War, Thompson was captain of Company I of the 7th O. U. S. V. I. He was colonel of the 7th regiment, O.N.G., from 1901 to 1906.[4] He was commander in chief of the United Spanish War Veterans in 1926.[1]

He was Treasurer of the United States, and after 1913, he was in the iron ore and shipping business.[1] In 1921 he was a member of the advisory committee to the conference on limitation of armaments held at Washington, D.C. In 1926, President Calvin Coolidge appointed him special commissioner to make a survey of the economic and internal conditions of the Philippines.[1]

Nominated for Ohio Governor in 1922, lost to Democrat A. Victor Donahey.

Thompson died June 20, 1942 at Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and was buried at Woodland Cemetery in Ironton.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Fess, Simeon D., ed. (1937). Ohio, A four volume reference library on the History of a Great State. 5, Supplementary Biographical. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 27–28. OCLC 418516. 
  2. ^ death record
  3. ^ a b Carmi Thompson at Find a Grave
  4. ^ a b c d Sandles 1906: 555