Member Biography

Alexander F. Thompson 


Senate of Pa.,

Sessions Office Position District Party
1885-1886       15 Republican
1887-1888       15 Republican
1889-1890       15 Republican
1891-1892       15 Republican

COUNTIES: Dauphin  


12/07/1845 - 07/23/1924

Corporal Alexander F. Thompson (R15) Dauphin County, 1885-1892

Early Life: 

Corporal Alexander F. Thompson, born December 7, 1845, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania; son of Alexander Thompson and Isabella Penman; attended, Freeburg Academy; private, Company B, 129th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (1862-1863, Civil War); corporal, Company E, 39th Regiment, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia (1863, Civil War); corporal, Company G, 80th Regiment, 7th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry (1864-1865, Civil War); coal miner; proprietor, Snyder and Thompson, mercantile business; attorney (1877-1924); elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1880 and 1882; not a candidate for reelection, (1884); elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate (1885-1892); died, July 23, 1924, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; interred, Cavalry United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Early Career:

Enlisted, September 1862, Private, Company B, 129th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving nine months, action, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Mud March, and Chancellorsville; mustered out with company, May 18, 1863; reenlisted June 30, 1863, Corporal, Company E, 39th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Emergency Militia, Gettysburg campaign; January 20, 1864, reenlisted, third time, joining Company G, 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, private; action, Atlanta; North Georgia and North Alabama, Nashville, and Macon campaigns; mustered out on August 13, 1865.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House, 1881 and 1883.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 15th district, Dauphin County, 1885-1892, Chair, Public Buildings, member, Congressional Apportionment, Elections, Judicial General, Judicial Local, Legislative Apportionment, Mines and Mining Committees. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1888) Cochran, T.B., Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 664, 676-678.

Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1890) Cochran, T.B., Members of the Senate of Pennsylvania, page 693-695.