TOMPKINS, Emmett, (1853 - 1917)


”Around the Capital” (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

TOMPKINS, Emmett, (son of Cydnor Bailey Tompkins), a Representative from Ohio; born in McConnelsville, Morgan County, Ohio, September 1, 1853; moved to Athens County, Ohio, in 1865; attended the public schools and Ohio University at Athens; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Athens, Ohio; city solicitor in 1876 and 1877; mayor of Athens 1877-1879; prosecuting attorney of Athens County in 1879; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1879, 1881, and 1883; member of the State house of representatives 1886-1890; moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1889; member of the board of trustees of Ohio University; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1903); resumed the practice of law in Columbus, Ohio; appointed trustee of Ohio University in 1908; died in Columbus, Ohio, December 18, 1917; remains were cremated in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the ashes returned to his home in Columbus, Ohio.