JOHN G. THOMPSON, Senator from the Franklin and Pickaway District, was born February 17, 1833, in Union county,
Ohio. He was raised on a farm, and continued there until he was twenty one years of age, when he removed to Columbus,
where he has since resided, and has been engaged most of the time in the mercantile and banking business.
Mr. Thompson has always taken an active part in politics. In 1859 he was elected Treasurer of Franklin county,
serving therein the constitutional term of four years. Mr. Thompson has also served two terms in the City Council
of Columbus, in 1863 and 1864, and 1869 and 1870.
In 1860 he was elected Secretary of the Democratic State Executive Committee, and, in 1863, he was made Chairman,
and served in that capacity until 1871, except during the year 1868, when he was induced to accept the Chairmanship
of the Franklin County Democratic Executive Committee, and, under his leadership, the county gave the largest Democratic
majority ever given, and came within one hundred and five votes of carrying the District for John H. Thomas, Democratic
candidate for Congress.
In 1868 Mr. Thompson was elected by the Democratic State Convention, a delegate at large to the Democratic National
Convention, and was by it chosen the member from Ohio of the National Committee, whose duty it is, besides taking
general care of the interests of the party, to iiame the time and place for holding the National Convention for
the nomination of candidates for President. and Vice President.
As Chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of Ohio, Mr. Thompson, by his executive ability, in organizing
the State in the interests of his party, made his name perhaps better known than any other man in Ohio. For this
peculiar work he has shown rare ability, never excelled in Ohio. It is needless to say that, in all the twists
and turns of his party, Mr. Thompson has ever been true to his political principles, and even his political enemies
give him full credit for his firm adherence to principle.
As a legislator, Mr. Thompson has always given evidence of a high order of talent, in the thoughtful care he exercises
over the minds and wishes of his constituents.
Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872
Ohio State Officials and the 60th General Assembly
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