War Between the States

United States Congressman from Pennsylvania

Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court


(1806-74) Born in Middlesex, Butler County, Pa., he studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1829, and commenced practice in Erie, Pa. Thompson served in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1832-34, and in 1855, and was Speaker of the House in 1834. He was a delegate to the Pennsylvania State Constitutional Convention in 1838. He served as presiding judge of the Sixth Judicial District Court, from 1838-1844. He was a U.S. Congressman, from 1845-51, and served as Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. Thompson was an Associate Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1857-66, and then served as the Chief Justice of that court from 1866-72.

Signature: 4 3/4 x 1/2, in ink, James Thompson.

Autograph, James Thompson

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