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Hon. Hugh Thompson

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 325

HON. HUGH THOMPSON
    Judge Hugh Thompson was born in a family of high social standing near Uniontown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, November 30, 1807, of Irish parents, and died in February, 1889. After some years of farm life at home; he associated with his father in the mercantile trade in Uniontown and in 1831 came to Sidney when it was a village of 637 inhabitants. He pursued the business of merchandising but in 1834 he was chosen an associate justice for Shelby county to fill the uhexpired term of the Hon. Samuel Marshall. At the end of his term he
was continued for the full term by an appointment of the general assembly and continued to hold this position until 1841 when he entered the profession of law and remained in practice up to 1875. He was seven years prosecuting attorney of the county, a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1851, and served in the lower house of the general assembly from 1857 to 1859. He was a stanch democrat in politics and an ardent Presbyterian in religious faith in which church he was for many years an elder. He married in 1833 and one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth
T. Mathers, the mother of Judge Hugh T. Mathers, survives.     He was one of the original incorporators of the First National Bank chartered in 1864, at one time president of the German American and a director in the Citizens Bank. In social life Judge Thompson was one of the pleasantest of men. His humour and repartee were of the highest character and an hour with him in social conference was a joy and a pleasure. As a lawyer he was patient in hearing facts from his clients, prudent and careful in preparing his cases, terse and logical in his pleadings and successful in his practice.

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