Is a native of the Key Stone
State, having been born in the town of Zeallia Nople, Butler County. His parents died when he was quite young, and
he was thrown entirely upon his own resources to procure an education; but with
an energy and earnestness that generally is rewarded with success, he received
an education that qualified him for the study of the profession to which he is
now an honor.
He is a graduate of the Ohio Medical College. He came to Indiana about the year 1836, and has been a citizen of the State since that time, except six years that he practiced his profession in St. Charles, Missouri.
He has resided in this city
during the last twenty-three years, actively engaged in the duties of his
He was appointed Brigade Surgeon, at the commencement of the war, by President Lincoln, at the instance of Governor Morton, and was attached to the armies of McClelland and Pope in their campaign through Virginia.
He resigned this position,
by reason of failing health, soon after the battle of Antietam.
Since his residence in Indianapolis Doctor Thompson has held several offices of honor and responsibility, if not of emolument.
He was chosen Councilman of
the Third Ward, and, after serving several years as such, he resigned, and
without solicitation on his part, was nominated by the Republican party for,
and triumphantly elected to represent the county in the State Senate. This office he filled with credit to himself
and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents of all parties.
Since his long residence in this city Doctor Thompson has ever sustained an unblemished character for honesty and integrity, and a high reputation as a skillful and successful physician.
He is a decided character,
whose instincts and impulses are all with the right. He has enjoyed the confidence and friendship
of all the Governors of the State from Joseph A. Wright to His Excellency
Governor Baker, and has been their family physician.
He has, from his earliest years, had no parents to demand his regard, further than his respect for their memory and regrets for their loss, and no one but strangers to supply their place; with his genial manners he gained many friends, and he has a way of mixing his good feelings with his many jokes, which interests his auditors.
He is still actively engaged in the practice of medicine, and has by economy, industry and honesty acquired a considerable fortune for himself and family, and the sincere wish of the writer is that he may live long to enjoy the fruits of his labor, the society of his family and friends, and be, as he ever has been, of usefulness to the public.
Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, pp. 382-383
Transcribed by Sherri Morem Bergman