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Charles James THOMPSON

(1862-1932)

THOMPSON, Charles James, a Representative from Ohio; born in Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio, January 24, 1862; attended the public schools and the Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio; learned the art of printing 1876-1879; worked as a journeyman printer in various cities in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois 1879-1884; returned to Wapakoneta in 1885 and was employed as a bookkeeper until 1889; moved to Defiance, Ohio, in 1889 and was owner and publisher of the Defiance Express until 1902; member of the Republican State central committee in 1893 and 1894; postmaster of Defiance 1898-1915; unsuccessful candidate for mayor in 1915; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; retired from business pursuits; died in Albuquerque, N.Mex., while on a visit, March 27, 1932; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, Ohio.

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

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