John Thompson (1749–1823)

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John Thompson (March 20, 1749 – September 30, 1823) was a United States Representative from New York.


Thompson was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on March 20, 1749. He attended the common schools, and at the age of fourteen moved with his parents to Stillwater, New York, where he became a farmer. Thompson served in the American Revolution as a captain, and commanded a company of the 13th Regiment of Albany County Militia, including participation in the Battles of Saratoga.[1] He was appointed a justice of the peace in 1788 and was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1788 and 1789.

Thompson was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Sixth Congress, serving from March 4, 1799 to March 3, 1801. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1801. In 1791 Governor George Clinton appointed him first judge of Saratoga County, and he served until 1809.

Thompson was again elected to Congress in 1806, and he served in the Tenth and Eleventh Congresses, March 4, 1807 to March 3, 1811.

He died in Stillwater on September 30, 1823 and was interred at Yellow Meeting House Cemetery in Stillwater.


  1. ^ Seymour, Mary Jane (1898). Lineage Book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. 7. Harrisburg, PA: Harrisburg Publishing Co. p. 7.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Evert Van Alen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Thomas
Preceded by
Peter Sailly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas R. Gold
Preceded by
James I. Van Alen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Benjamin Pond