Charles J. Thompson

Charles James Thompson ( born January 24, 1862 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, † March 27, 1932 in Albuquerque, New Mexico ) was an American politician. Between 1919 and 1931 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Charles Thompson attended the common schools and then studied at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware. Between 1876 and 1879 he served an apprenticeship in the printing trade. He then worked until 1884 as a journeyman printer in various cities in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. In 1885 he returned to Wapakoneta, where he worked as an accountant until 1889. This year, Thompson moved to Defiance, where he edited the newspaper Defiance Express. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. In 1893 and 1894 he was a member of the State Board of his party. From 1898 to 1915 he served as postmaster in Defiance; in 1915, he ran unsuccessfully for there the office of mayor.

In the congressional elections of 1918, Thompson was in the fifth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrat John S. Snook on March 4, 1919. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1931 six legislative periods. In the years 1919 and 1920, the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified. It was about the ban on the trade in alcoholic beverages as well as the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage. Since 1929 the work of the Congress was shaped by the events of the Great Depression.

In 1930, Charles Thompson was not re-elected. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he withdrew into retirement. He died on March 27, 1932 during a visit to New Mexico and was buried in Defiance.