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Wiley THOMPSON

(1781-1835)

THOMPSON, Wiley, a Representative from Georgia; born in Amelia County, Va., September 23, 1781; moved to Elberton, Elbert County, Ga.; served as a commissioner of the Elbert County Academy in 1808; served in the State senate 1817-1819; was appointed major general of the Fourth Division of the Georgia Militia in November 1817 and served until November 1824, when he resigned; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress; reelected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress; and elected as a Jacksonian in the Nineteenth through the Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1833); was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1833; agent to Seminole Indians; appointed in 1834 to superintend the removal of Seminoles from Florida; killed by band of Seminoles led by Osceola at Fort King, Fla., on December 28, 1835; interment in the private burial ground on his estate at Elberton, Ga.

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

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