THOMPSON, Frank, Jr., a Representative from New Jersey; born in Trenton, Mercer County,
N.J., July 26, 1918; attended parochial and public schools and Wake Forest
College, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1941; graduated from Wake Forest Law School,
Winston-Salem, N.C.; United States Navy, 1941-1948; received three combat
decorations for action at Iwo Jima and Okinawa; commanded the United States
Naval Reserve Battallion 4-22 and completed a seventeen-month tour of active
duty, from August 1950 to January 1952, on the staff of the commander, Eastern
Sea Frontier, and released from active duty January 1, 1952; was admitted to
the bar in 1948 and commenced the practice of law in Trenton, N.J.; member of
the New Jersey state assembly, 1950-1954, serving as assistant minority leader
in 1950 and minority leader in 1954; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth
Congress; reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served from January
3, 1955, until his resignation December 29, 1980 (January 3, 1955-December 29,
1980); chairman, Joint Committee on Printing (Ninety-fourth and Ninety-sixth
Congresses), Committee on House Administration (Ninety-fourth, Ninety-fifth,
and Ninety-sixth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the
Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980; was a resident of Alexandria, Va., until his
death in Baltimore, Md., on July 22, 1989; interment in Arlington National
Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
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Liberal Leader in the House Frank Thompson, Jr. Washington:
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