Thompson, John Reuben, a noted literary man of his time, was born in Richmond. Virginia, October 23, 1823; attended
the private schools of his native city, and the University of Virginia, which he entered in 1840, pursued the academic
and law courses, graduated in 1844 with the degree of Bachelor of Law; settled in Richmond; in 1847 became the
editor of the "Southern Literary Messenger;" in 1854 went to Europe, during which time he wrote for the
"Messenger:" upon his return went to Augusta, Georgia, while there edited the "Southern Field and
Fireside;" upon the outbreak of the civil war he was much interested in the welfare of the Confederacy; in
1863 went abroad, combining some diplomatic mission with his literary work; lived in London and constantly contributed
to the English reviews; after the war returned home and b.came one of the literary editors of the New York "Evening
Post;" his writings were characterized by a tenderness and purity of style which made them charming, and he
was among the most popular writers of his time; among the notable poems which he wrote were: "The Burial of
Latane" and "The Death of Stuart:" he died in the city of New York, April 30, 1873.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
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