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 Simon Parr Thompson

Simon Parr Thompson

Hancock County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 May 1910 (aged 72)
Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, USA
Burial Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec D Bl 44 Lot 1 Sp 1
Memorial ID 41638653 · View Source
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From "History OF Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton Counties, Indiana, Historial and Biographical, Published by F. A. Battey & Co., Chicago, 1883, Biographical Sketches, Town of Rensselaer and Marion Township, Jasper County, page 538

Simon Parr THOMPSON, counselor at law, was born in Hancock County, Ohio, May 8, 1838, and is a son of David M. and Eliza (McCoy) Thompson, the former a native of Virginia, the latter of Columbiana County, Ohio. Our subject began attending school when four years of age, and began teaching at the age of fifteen; he afterward attended an academy for one term, and Otterbein University one year, and graduated at the Southwest Normal School in 1859; he is also a graduate of the School of Law at Ann Arbor, Mich. While a student, the recent civil war was inaugurated, and he enlisted, but did not serve; he afterward taught school in Rensselaer, and has served three terms as School Examiner. In 1872, he was made Prosecuting Attorney of this circuit for four years. In 1876, and again in 1880, he was a candidtate for nomination at the Congressional Convention, and since that time has been engaged in the practice of his profession, in which he holds a prominent rank.
From People and Places of Rensselaer (Scrapbook of Rensselaer)

Simon Thompson was elected to the Judgeship from Jasper County having previously been an able member of the bar for thirty years. His father was a Virginian, transplanted as a boy to Ohio and in Hancock County of that state was born the future judge Simon Parr Thompson, on May 8, 1838. In 1859 he graduated from the Northwestern Normal School at Cincinnati. Three years later he was elected as the head of the school at Rensselaer where he taught two years and then appointed school examiners of Jasper County. After studying law privately he entered the law department of the Michigan State University from which he was graduated in January, 1866. He then formed a partnership with Robert Dwiggins which continued for three years and then associated himself with his brother which connection was of nearly thirty years' duration. During that period the firm of Thompson and brother was widely known in the Northwestern Indiana and its senior member held the offices of prosecuting attorney from 1872-1876, and state senator from 1886-1890. In 1896 he was elected judge of the 30th Circuit and served from 1897-1902.

Judge Thompson had made his influence felt outside the legal field. As county examiner, he was one of the first to be introduced and advocate normal methods of institution. His enterprise has also been manifest in such public works as railroads, highways, ditches, and public buildings. It was largely through his influence that the milldams on the Iroquois River were removed, resulting in a great benefit to the public health. The Judge has also done a good work in buying large tracts of land held by non-residents and selling it to settlers who have improved it had thus benefited the county. He reclaimed a large tract of swamp land in Union Township by the construction about fifteen miles of ditches and divided it into small farms which have since gone into the hands of actual owners and been made attractive and productive. All of which marks the judge as a citizen of broad usefulness, ability, and versatility.

Judge Thompson was married to Miss May Foltz in 1879. The four surviving children are: Grace, Edna [Jean, married R. J. Thornton], Firman [married Fay Clayton], and Simon [married Helen Hill], Jr. His wife twenty years younger than he, and is still living, at present in Logansport.

Mr. Thompson died May 15, 1910. The cause of his death being heart trouble and Bright's disease. Taking care of his wife and traveling all over the country to try to help her health made him very tired and sick, thus causing his death sooner.

Judge Thompson also founded Parr. He bought large tracts of land and made small farms out of it.

By Doris Miller

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Simon Parr Thompson (8 May 1838–15 May 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41638653, citing Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Martha Daugherty Latko (contributor 46988885) .