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
(N.C.) College, 1941 and the Wake Forest Law School; served in the 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 State house of 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; 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 in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; was a resident
of Alexandria, Va., until his death in Bethesda, Md., on July 22, 1989;
interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
BibliographyWilson, Augusta Elliot.
Liberal Leader in the House Frank Thompson, Jr. Washington:
Acropolis Books, 1968.