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Thompson, James K.P. died 1903

THOMPSON

Posted By: S. Ferrall IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 11/21/2011 at 16:27:14

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Colonel James Knox Polk Thompson died at his home in Rock Rapids on the fifteenth. He was one of the best known men in northwest Iowa. The main facts of his life are as follows:

After being admitted to the bar at Elkader, Colonel Thompson in 1873 removed to Rock Rapids which place continued to be his home. For many years he had been in the banking business and was widely known as a prosperous and influential citizen.

Colonel Thompson served three years in the civil war and throughout his remaining life took deep interest in all matters concerning the welfare of his comrades. He served a term as commander of the grand army of the republic department of Iowa and was one of the chief promoters of the Vicksburg national military park. It is not recalled that he ever held an important political office though he devoted much time to the service of his party. In the preconvention campaign of 1901 he consented to become a candidate for the republican nomination for lieutenant governor but the place fell to one of the opposing candidates for the gubernatorial nomination.

Colonel Thompson was fifty-seven years of age on the twenty-first of last August. He was not of robust constitution and he had suffered much in late years from ill health.

~Alton Democrat, January 24, 1903 (Sioux County, Iowa)

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