Biography of Hon. Michael Thompson
Howard County, IN Biographies





HON. MICHAEL THOMPSON was born near Uniontown, Va., May 22, 1815, and is the son of David and Mary Thompson, respectively of Irish and German descent. About 1820, the family moved to Butler County, Ohio, and six years later to Henry County, Ind. Michael attended district school for about twenty six months, but was a hard student and acquired a good practical education. In 1833, he moved to Delaware County, and in 1835 married Miss Lucretia Davis. He was a diligent student of the law, and at the age of twenty eight was elected a Commissioner of Delaware County. He served one term, and then was elected County Assessor for the years 1847 and 1848. In 1849, he was elected to the Legislature, and reelected for the following two years. From 1852 until 1857, he served as Township Assessor, and in the latter year came to this county and settled in Jackson Township. One week after he had "got fixed up for housekeeping," he was elected Justice of the Peace, in which capacity he served thirteen years, and during his residence in that township he cleared and brought under cultivation one of the finest farms in eastern Howard. In 1874, he engaged in the milling business, and also practiced law one year in Somerset, Wabash County, and then purchased his fine farm in this township. In 1878, he was elected to the Legislature from this county, and again in 1882. During his legislative career, he was chiefly instrumental in giving power to the Auditor of the State to issue patents on canal lands, and also granting Commissioners the right to refund taxes paid on lands not subject to taxation or not legally assessed, and otherwise proved himself the friend of the people. During the last session, he never missed a roll call or a vote. He has served the people in office forty one years, and has never been beaten when a candidate. He is a Republican, and since the war has affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. He has also been a lifelong member of the Christian Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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