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Richard W. Thompson certificate and clipping

 Collection — Folder: B023
Identifier: B023

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a certificate from Oliver P. Morton commissioning Richard Thompson as a Brigadier General dated November 1, 1861 and a newspaper clipping, titled "Another Installment of the Johnson-Grant Correspondence".


  • 1861, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Richard Wigginton Thompson was born on June 9, 1809, in Culpeper County, Virginia. In 1831, he moved to Kentucky and settled shortly thereafter in Lawrence County, Indiana. He began practicing law in Bedford, Indiana, after being admitted to the bar in 1834. Thompson served in the Indiana House of Representatives (1834-1836) and the Indiana Senate (1837-1838). In 1836, he married Harriet Eliza Gardiner with whom he had eight children. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1841 and 1847. The Thompsons moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1843. He served as the city attorney there in 1846 and 1847. During the Civil War, he was the commander of Camp Thompson, Indiana, and provost marshal of the Terre Haute district. President Lincoln appointed him collector of internal revenue for the seventh Indiana district, a post that Thompson held for one term (1864-1866). From 1867 to 1869, Thompson was judge of the fifth circuit court. President Hayes appointed Thompson Secretary of the Navy. Thompson resigned from this post in 1881 to become chairman of the American Committee of the French Panama Canal Company. He also served as a director of the Panama Railroad Company (1881-1889). In addition to his life of public service, Thompson was the author of four books including The Papacy and the Civil Power. He died on February 9, 1900, in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. 19 Jan. 2005.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Volume 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 oversize folder)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from various donors during 1931-1948.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L158: Richard W. Thompson correspondence and papers, 1818-1931, bulk 1841-1899 OBC081: Richard W. Thompson oversize collection, 1827 V207: Richard W. Thompson volumes, 1863-1891

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Christina Baich during January 2006. Finding aid revised by Bethany Fiechter on 2015/10/30. EAD finding aid revised by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/14.
Richard W. Thompson certificate and clipping
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.