Thomas Larkin Thompson
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Born in Charleston, Virginia (now West Virginia), Thompson attended the common schools and Buffalo Academy, Virginia (now West Virginia). He moved to California in 1855 and settled in Sonoma County. He established the Petaluma Journal the same year. He purchased the Sonoma Democrat in 1860, and was the editor of that paper. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880 and 1892, and was secretary of state of California 1882-1886. He declined to be a candidate for renomination.
Thompson was elected as a Democrat to the 50th United States Congress (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889). He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1888 to the 51st Congress. He was appointed on April 4, 1891, commissioner from California to the World's Fair at Chicago. He was minister to Brazil from April 24, 1893, to May 27, 1897. He died in Santa Rosa, California, February 1, 1898, and was interred in the Rural Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Thomas Larkin Thompson (id: T000219)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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Daniel M. Burns
| Secretary of State of California
William C. Hendricks
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 1st congressional district
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
John J. De Haven
Edwin H. Conger
| United States Minister to Brazil
9 September 1893 – 17 July 1897
Edwin H. Conger