Vernon Wallace Thomson

Vernon Wallace Thomson (November 5, 1905 – April 2, 1988) was an American attorney and politician who served as the 34th Governor of Wisconsin from 1957 to 1959.

Vernon Thomson
Vernon Wallace Thomson.jpg
Thompson circa 1965
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1961 – December 31, 1974
Preceded byGardner R. Withrow
Succeeded byAlvin Baldus
34th Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 7, 1957 – January 5, 1959
LieutenantWarren P. Knowles
Preceded byWalter J. Kohler, Jr.
Succeeded byGaylord A. Nelson
32nd Attorney General of Wisconsin
In office
January 1, 1951 – January 7, 1957
GovernorWalter J. Kohler, Jr.
Preceded byThomas E. Fairchild
Succeeded byStewart G. Honeck
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1905-11-05)November 5, 1905
Richland Center, Wisconsin
DiedApril 2, 1988(1988-04-02) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican

Early life and educationEdit

Vernon Thomson was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He attended what is now Carroll University, in 1925, but graduated from what is now the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in 1927, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. In 1932, he received his law degree and practiced law.


Thompson as a Speaker of the State Assembly, circa 1940

Thomson became involved in the Republican Party. He was mayor of Richland Center from 1944 to 1951 and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1935 to 1951, and served as Speaker of the Assembly from 1939 to 1945. He served as Attorney General of Wisconsin from 1951 to 1957. In 1956, he was elected governor of Wisconsin, defeating William Proxmire; he was defeated for reelection as governor in 1958 by Gaylord Nelson.

Thomson as governor.

In 1960, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district. He served in the 87th and was reelected to the six succeeding congresses. He was defeated for reelection in 1974, losing to Alvin Baldus. He resigned before the official end of his term, overall serving from January 3, 1961 till December 31, 1974. Thomson was a member of the Federal Elections Commission.

Thomson died in Washington, D.C. and was buried in Richland Center, Wisconsin.[1]


  1. ^ Thomson, Vernon W. 1905. Retrieved on 2016-01-22.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Vernon Wallace Thomson (id: T000233)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Wisconsin
1956, 1958
Succeeded by
Philip Kuehn
Legal offices
Preceded by Attorney General of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1961 – December 31, 1974
Succeeded by