Biography of Clarence Lloyd Thompson
Erie County, PA Biographies

Clarence Lloyd Thompson, a well known and successful business man of Erie, is a member of one of Erie County's pioneer families who have been identified with the development of this section of the state since 1832. He was born in Erie, Jan. 21, 1862, and is the son of Victory Marion and Rebecca (Glenn) Thompson.

Victory Marion Thompson was for many years closely identified with the development of the coal, oil and real estate interests of northwestern Pennsylvania, and was recognized as one of the most progressive business men and citizens of Erie for a period of over 30 years. He was a native of Madison County, N. Y., where he was born Aug. 7, 1829, the son of Joseph S. and Rachel (Case) Thompson. Joseph S. Thompson was born in Vermont, the son of Joseph Thompson, a native of France, who originally settled in Massachusetts and thence moved to Vermont. The maternal family were of Scotch origin. The parents of Victory Marion Thompson located in Erie in 1832 and in 1848, when 19 years of age, the youth engaged in the canal boat business, not as a laborer, but as proprietor of a number of boats which he operated and later owned, organizing what was long known as the "Thompson Line." During this period he also became interested in the oil business owning and operating the Erie City Oil Works, one of the early refineries in the United States. As a young man, Victory Marion Thompson carried on a successful coal business at Erie and had other large commercial interests, and was an extensive holder of real estate in many of the points around which his business interests centered. At his prime, in fact, he was considered one of the most eminent business men of this section. Mr. Thompson died in October, 1886, his wife having passed away the year before. To Mr. and Mrs. Victory Marion Thompson the following children were born: Clarence Lloyd, the subject of this sketch; Victor Park, born April 24, 1864, lives in Jersey City, N. J., married Deborah Davis of Mount Carmel, Pa., and they have five children, Donald N., Park Lloyd, Glenn, Harold and Marion; and Clara R., married E. Haddon Ball, of St. Paul, Minn., and they have three children, Hannah, George and Sarah.

Clarence Lloyd Thompson lives in the home in which he was born, 605 West 8th Street. After attending the public schools of Erie, he entered the retail coal business in 1879 and was connected with the well known Scott interests from 1885 until they sold their interests to the Susquehanna Coal Company, owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. He then held the position of general western agent with this company, in charge of all western business, until they sold their interests to the M. A. Hanna Company of Cleveland, with whom Mr. Thompson was connected until he embarked on his own account in the wholesale coal business with offices in the Marine Bank Building, Erie. He has been connected with the Marine National Bank as director for 20 years and is a large holder of real estate in the county.

On Oct. 14, 1909, Mr. Thompson was united in marriage with Miss Grace E. Nicholson, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, and the daughter of Ezra and Alice S. (Fowles) Nicholson, natives of Ohio and Wisconsin, respectively. Mr. Nicholson died Jan. 15, 1915, and his wife died Jan. 7, 1911. A biography of Mr. Nicholson of Lakewood, Ohio, appears in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have a daughter, Alice Eloise Thompson, born June 12, 1911, now a student at Mary Lyon School, Philadelphia.

In politics Mr. Thompson is identified with the Republican party. He and his family are affiliated with the Protestant church and he is a 32nd degree Mason, a charter member of the Kahkwa Club, and also belongs to the Erie Club. He was a member of the Public Safety Committee of Pennsylvania, the Public Safety Committee of Erie County, in charge of civilian service and labor, and was a member of the Canal Basin Commission for two terms, having been appointed to that position by Governor Stuart. Mr. Thompson has inherited the stability and genius of his father and is one of the progressive and successful men of Erie.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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