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 Richard Wigginton Thompson

Richard Wigginton Thompson

Birth
Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Death 9 Feb 1900 (aged 90)
Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Burial Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Plot Section 3, Lot 139
Memorial ID 1717 · View Source
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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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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1717
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Wigginton Thompson (8 Jun 1809–9 Feb 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1717, citing Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .