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Theo Ashton THOMPSON

(1916-1965)

THOMPSON, Theo Ashton, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish, La., March 31, 1916; attended the public schools and the Louisiana State University 1932-1934, completing course in higher accounting; traveling auditor for State highway commission 1934-1940; transferred to State reorganization plan; Louisiana representative at the national assembly of the States in the development of the civil defense program in Chicago, Ill., in 1942; served in the United States Army Air Force 1942-1946; served as State budget officer and financial adviser to the Louisiana Legislature, 1948-1952; chairman of the board of trustees of the State employees retirement system 1947-1953; represented the United States Department of State in Louisiana in training foreign representatives in principles of democracy in 1950 and 1951; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1953, until his death July 1, 1965, in an automobile accident in Gastonia, N.C.; interment in Evangeline Memorial Park Cemetery, Ville Platte, La.

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

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