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Joel THOMPSON

(1760-1843)

THOMPSON, Joel, a Representative from New York; born in Stanford, Dutchess County, N.Y., October 3, 1760; attended the common schools in Smyrna, N.Y.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Duanesburg, and Sherburne, N.Y.; served in the Revolutionary Army in 1779 and 1780; member of the State assembly in 1798, 1803, and 1804, serving one term as member from Albany County and two terms as member from Chenango County; assistant justice of the court of common pleas of Chenango County from July 1799 to June 1807, when he became judge of Chenango County, serving until March 16, 1814; elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); resumed the practice of law in Sherburne, N.Y.; died in Brooklyn, N.Y., February 8, 1843; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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