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William Poindexter THOMASSON

(1797-1882)

THOMASSON, William Poindexter, a Representative from Kentucky; born in New Castle, Henry County, Ky., October 8, 1797; completed preparatory studies; served in Captain Duncan’s company in the War of 1812; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Corydon, Ind., before he was twenty-one years of age; member of the State house of representatives 1818-1820; prosecuting attorney of Corydon in 1818; moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1841; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); declined to be a candidate for renomination; moved to Chicago, Ill., and resumed the practice of law; during the Civil War served in the Union Army in the Seventy-first Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry; died near La Grange, Oldham County, Ky., December 29, 1882; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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