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Nathaniel Tompkins

Nathaniel Tompkins (May 17, 1879 – April 22, 1949) was an American politician and jurist from Maine. Tompkins, a Republican, was elected to five terms in the Maine Legislature, including three in the Maine House of Representatives and two in the Maine Senate. During his tenure in the House, he served as House Speaker in 1935-1936. In 1938, he was elected to the Maine Senate. After being re-elected in 1940, Tompkins was elected by his fellow State Senators to be Senate President.[1] He was appointed as a circuit court judge mid-way through his only term as President. Four years later, on July 27, 1945, he was appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He served in that position until his death in April 1949. He died in the Aroostook County Court House in Houlton.[2]

Nathaniel Tompkins
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Maine Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1879-05-17)May 17, 1879
DiedApril 22, 1949(1949-04-22) (aged 69)
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceHoulton, Maine
Alma materRicker Classical Institute, Colby College, Harvard Law School

Tompkins studied at Ricker Classical Institute, Colby College and Harvard Law School.[2]


  1. ^ "Legislators Biographical Search". Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Maine Supreme Court Justice Nathaniel Tompkins In Houlton Court Corridor". Lewiston Evening Journal. April 20, 1949. Retrieved 20 September 2015.