John Thompson (1749–1823)

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

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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.

Litchfield, Connecticut Town in Connecticut, United States

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Stillwater, New York Town

Stillwater is a town in Saratoga County, New York, United States, with an estimated population of 8,547 in 2016. The town contains a village called Stillwater. The town is at the eastern border of the county, southeast of Saratoga Springs and borders both Rensselaer and Washington counties. Saratoga National Historical Park is located within the town's limits. There is a hamlet in Minerva, Essex County, New York with the same name which has nothing to do with this town.

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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.

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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.

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  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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