Hedge Thompson

Hedge Thompson ( born January 28, 1780 in Salem, Salem County, New Jersey; † July 23, 1828 ) was an American politician. In 1827 and 1828 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Hedge Thompson attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent medical studies at the University of Pennsylvania and his 1802 was admitted as a doctor, he started in Salem to work in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In 1805 he sat as an MP in the New Jersey General Assembly; in 1819 he was one of the New Jersey Legislative Council, the later state Senate on. After he was able to work for health reasons less and less as a physician, he devoted himself not only with politics and the law. In the years 1815 and 1824 he was district judge in Salem County. In 1826 he became head of the tax authority in this district.

In the congressional elections of 1826 Thompson was an independent candidate for the first seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of George Cassedy on March 4, 1827. This mandate he held until his death on July 23, 1828. He died of a liver disease and was buried in his hometown of Salem.