THOMPSON, William, a Representative from Iowa; born in Fayette County, Pa., November 10, 1813;
attended the common schools; moved to Iowa and settled in Mount Pleasant; member of the
Territorial house of representatives in 1843; secretary of the State constitutional convention in 1846;
elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); presented
credentials as a Member-elect to the Thirty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1849, to June 29,
1850, when the seat was declared vacant; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office
Department (Thirty-first Congress); served in the Union Army during the Civil War; commissioned
captain in the First Iowa Volunteer Cavalry on July 31, 1861; promoted to major on May 18, 1863,
and colonel on June 20, 1864; brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers on March 13, 1865,
recommissioned captain in the Seventh Cavalry, Regular Army, on July 28, 1866, and retired from the
Army on December 15, 1875; editor of the Iowa State Gazette; died in Tacoma, Pierce County,
Wash., on October 6, 1897; interment in Tacoma Cemetery.
BibliographySchmidt, Louis B. The Miller-Thompson Election
Contest. Iowa Journal of History 12 (January 1914): 34-127.