Daniel Pierce Thompson
Daniel Pierce Thompson (October 1, 1795 – June 6, 1868) was an American author and lawyer who served as Vermont Secretary of State and was New England's most famous novelist prior to Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Daniel P. Thompson was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts on October 1, 1795 and moved to Vermont with his family in 1800. He was raised in Berlin, Vermont, and graduated from Middlebury College in 1820. He then moved to Virginia, where he taught school, studied law, and attained admission to the bar before returning to Vermont to become an attorney in Montpelier.
Legal and political career
His writings include a satirizing of Anti-Masonry, The Adventures of Timothy Peacock (1835); The Green Mountain Boys (1840); Locke Amsden, or the Schoolmaster (1845); The Shaker Lovers, and Other Tales (1848); Lucy Hosmer, or the Guardian and the Ghost (1849); The Rangers, or the Tory's Daughter (1850); The Tales of the Green Mountains (1852); Gaut Gurley, a Tale of the Umbagog (1857); The Doomed Chief, or King Philip (1860); and Centeola (1864).
Thompson also authored 1859's History of the Town of Montpelier.
New England's most famous novelist of the 1840s and 1850s, Thompson's work was responsible for imprinting the story of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys in the public's consciousness. His ability to tell action and adventure stories plainly and quickly made his novels popular well into the 1900s, and many of his books are still in print.
Death and burial
He and Eunice Robinson of Troy, Vermont married in 1831 and they had five children—George Robinson (1834-1871); Alma (b. 1837); William P. (b. 1839); Frances (b. 1842); and Daniel Greenleaf (1850-1897).
- American Unitarian Association, The Unitarian Register: A Forgotten Storyteller, Volume 108, 1929, page 783
- Kevin J. Hayes, editor, Jefferson in His Own Time, 2012, page 133
- Middlebury College, Catalogue of Officers and Students of Middlebury College, 1917, page 56
- William Adams, Gazetteer of Washington County, Vt., 1783-1889, 1889, page 79
- Vermont Historical Society, The Unveiling of the Daniel P. Thompson Tablet at Montpelier, Vermont, January 19, 1915, pages 295-310
- Abby Maria Hemenway, The Vermont Historical Gazetteer: Washington County, 1882, page 312
- Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Richard Stockton, The World's Great Masterpieces, Volume 19, 1901, page 10581
- Daniel Pierce Thompson, compiler, The Laws of Vermont, 1835, title page
- Vermont Historical Society, Vermont History News, Volumes 41-47, 1990, page 108
- Abby Maria Hemenway, The History of the Town of Montpelier, Including that of the Town of East Montpelier, 1882, page 274
- Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory, 1896, page 165
- Stanley Kunitz, Howard Haycraft, American Authors, 1600-1900: A Biographical Dictionary of American Literature, 1938, page 742
- Alexander Cowie, The American Novel, 1951, page 270
- Marcus Davis Gilman, The Bibliography of Vermont, 1897, page 275
- Charles T. Morrisey, Daniel P. Thompson and the early History of Vermont. The New-England Galaxy, Volumes 11-12, 1969, page 15
- Vermont Historical Society, A Guide to the Daniel P. Thompson Manuscripts, ca. 1841-1866, 1995, page 2
- Edwin Palmer Hoyt, William O. Douglas: A Biography, 1979, page 3
- Works by Daniel Pierce Thompson at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Daniel Pierce Thompson at Internet Archive
- Daniel Pierce Thompson at Find a Grave, retrieved January 3, 2014
Farrand F. Merrill
|Secretary of State of Vermont
Charles W. Willard