William Carrington Thompson

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William Carrington Thompson (November 6, 1915 – June 11, 2011), known as W. Carrington Thompson, was an American jurist and politician.[1]

Early and Family Life[edit]

Thompson was born in Chatham, Virginia. He attended Hampden-Sydney College and graduated in 1935. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1938 and was admitted to the bar the same year.

During World War II, Thompson served in the U.S. Navy, at various times patrolling the Eastern shore and in the Pacific Ocean.

Legal and political career[edit]

Upon returning to civilian life, Thompson returned to his job as assistant attorney general, then was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for Pittsylvania County, Virginia, where he served from 1948 until 1955.

In 1959, Thompson won election to the House of Delegates, serving as a Democrat representing Danville and Pittsylvania County. He was elected . In to the Senate of Virginia in 1967, and served until 1972.

Judicial career[edit]

elected a him as judge for the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit in 1973, and he heard cases in Danville as well as Franklin and Pittsylvania Counties.[2]

Upon the retirement of Justice Alex M. Herman, the General Assembly elected Judge Thompson to the Supreme Court of Virginia, effective February 1, 1980. Justice Thompson retired from active service on the Court three years later, and was succeeded by Justice John Charles Thomas]].

Death and legacy[edit]

Justice Thompson died at his home in Chatham on June 11, 2011.[3]


  1. ^ "Former Justice Thompson dies", Virginia Lawyers Weekly (June 13, 2011)
  2. ^ Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates (1973). "Journal of the House of Delegates of the State of Virginia, Volume 1". Journal of the House of Delegates of the State of Virginia. I. 
  3. ^ Robertson, Ellen. "Retired Va. Supreme Court Justice W. Carrington Thompson dies". Richmond Times Dispatach. Richmond Times Dispatch. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2011.