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Charles Perkins THOMPSON

(1827-1894)

THOMPSON, Charles Perkins, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Braintree, Norfolk County, Mass., July 30, 1827; attended the public schools, the Hollis Institute of Braintree, and Amherst (Mass.) College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Gloucester, Mass., in 1857; United States assistant district attorney from 1855 to 1857; member of the State house of representatives in 1871 and 1872; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law; city solicitor of Gloucester, Mass., in 1874, 1875, 1877, and 1879; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1880 and again in 1881; served as judge of the superior court of Massachusetts from 1885 until his death in Gloucester, Mass., January 19, 1894; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

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