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Richard Wigginton Thompson
Birth: Jun. 8, 1809
Culpeper County
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 1900
Terre Haute
Vigo County
Indiana, USA

US Congressman. He served two terms in Congress as an Indiana Representative begining in 1834. He then served in the Senate as President pro tem. He was Secretary of the Navy during the Hayes administration. He was the first to send American warships to Korea to open trade with that country. Before he was Secretary of the Navy, you had to go to New York to enlist. Thompson opened Naval recruiting offices throughout the country. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Mills Thompson (1775 - 1837)
 
 Spouse:
  Harriet Eliza Gardiner Thompson (1811 - 1888)
 
 Children:
  Mary Gardiner Thompson (1837 - 1910)*
  Richard Wigginton Thompson (1841 - 1919)*
  Katherine Broaddus Thompson (1845 - 1850)*
  Charles Dewey Thompson (1847 - 1883)*
  Harry Gardiner Thompson (1852 - 1916)*
  Virginia Thompson Henry (1854 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Highland Lawn Cemetery
Terre Haute
Vigo County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 3, Lot 139
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- Steve Shook
 Added: Nov. 22, 2012
Born in Culpepper Co. Virginia June 9,1809.Son of Merchant & Farmer WILLIAM MILLS THOMPSON. Both grandfathers were in Rev.War. His Mother was Katherine Broadus(Daughter of Major William Broadus)who died when he was 10. His step-mother was Mildred Ball(Gra...(Read more)
- flgrl
 Added: Apr. 3, 2012

- JJ Coppinger
 Added: Apr. 21, 2011
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