Philip R. Thompson

Philip Rootes Thompson (* March 26, 1766 at Fredericksburg, Virginia; † July 27, 1837 in Kanawha County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1801 and 1807 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Philip Thompson enjoyed a private school and then studied at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in Fairfax in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. From 1793 to 1797 he sat in the House of Representatives of Virginia. End of the 1790s he became a member of, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1800 Thompson was in the 18th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Nicholas on March 4, 1801. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1807 three legislative periods. Since 1803 he represented there as a successor to William Branch Giles the ninth district of his state. During his time as a congressman, the territory of the United States has been considerably enlarged in 1803 by the investments made by President Jefferson Louisiana Purchase. In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Philip Thompson practiced as a lawyer again. He died on July 27, 1837 in Kanawha County in present-day West Virginia.