George W. Thompson

George Western Thompson ( born May 14, 1806 St. Clairsville, Ohio; † February 24, 1888 in Wheeling, West Virginia ) was an American politician. In the years 1851 and 1852, he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


George Thompson attended until 1824, the Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. After a subsequent study of law in Richmond and his 1826 was admitted to the bar he began in St. Clairsville to work in this profession. In 1837 he moved to the western part of the State of Virginia. In 1838 he was deputy postmaster in Wheeling. Between 1848 and 1850 he served as United States Attorney for the Western Virginia. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1850 Thompson was in the 15th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Haymond on March 4, 1851. This mandate he was able to exercise until his resignation on 30 July 1852. During this time it was discussed in Congress violently on the issue of slavery.

Between 1852 and 1861 was George Thompson Richter in his homeland. In 1861 he was dismissed from his office because he refused to take an oath on the proposed creation of the new state of West Virginia. Thompson held this procedure unconstitutional. After the end of his time as a judge, he practiced as a lawyer again. He died on 24 February 1888 in Wheeling.