George W. Thompson

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George Western Thompson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – July 30, 1852
Preceded by Thomas Haymond
Succeeded by Sherrard Clemens
Personal details
Born (1806-05-14)May 14, 1806
St. Clairsville, Ohio, US
Died February 24, 1888(1888-02-24) (aged 81)
Wheeling, West Virginia, US
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge

George Western Thompson (May 14, 1806 – February 24, 1888) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and judge from Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.


Born in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Thompson graduated from Jefferson College in 1824, studied law in Richmond, Virginia and was admitted to the bar in 1826, commencing practice in St. Clairsville in 1828. He moved to Virginia in 1837 and was appointed deputy postmaster of Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1838. He was later appointed on a commission to settle jurisdiction of the Ohio River between Virginia and Ohio and was appointed by President James K. Polk United States Attorney for the western district of Virginia which he served as from 1848 to 1850. Thompson was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1850, serving from 1851 until his resignation in 1852 when he became judge of the circuit court of Virginia. He was reelected to this position in 1860, but was forced to leave in 1861 on refusal to take the oath of office to support what he believed was an unconstitutional action to set up the present State of West Virginia. Thompson retired afterwards on his estate near Wheeling, West Virginia where he died on February 24, 1888. He was interred there in Elm Grove Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Haymond
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 15th congressional district

March 4, 1851 – July 30, 1852 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Sherrard Clemens