William Henry Thompson

William Henry Thompson (December 14, 1853 – June 6, 1937) was a Nebraska Democratic Party politician.

William Henry Thompson
William Henry Thompson (Judge and US Senator from Nebraska.jpg
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
May 24, 1933 – November 6, 1934
Preceded byRobert B. Howell
Succeeded byRichard C. Hunter
Personal details
Born(1853-12-14)December 14, 1853
Perrysville, Ohio
DiedJune 6, 1937(1937-06-06) (aged 83)
Grand Island, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic


Born in Perrysville, Ohio, he attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa from 1872 to 1875, then graduated from the University of Iowa law school in 1877, being admitted to the bar the same year. He started practicing law in what was then known as Brush Creek, Iowa, but is now known as Arlington, Iowa. He moved to Grand Island, Nebraska in 1881, practiced law and did some banking as well.

He became Grand Island's city attorney from 1887 to 1888, then ran and lost in becoming a congressman from Nebraska to the 52nd congress in 1890. He was a member of the board of trustees for Grand Island College in 1893, and was elected mayor of Grand Island serving from 1895 to 1898. He was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1896 to 1900 and again from 1920 to 1924.

From 1904's Nebraskans, 1854-1904

In 1902 he ran, unsuccessfully, for governor against John H. Mickey. He became a member of the commission for the creation of a new capital. He was an Associate Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court from 1924 to 1931. He was appointed on May 24, 1933 by then governor Charles W. Bryan, brother to democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, to fill the senate seat of Robert B. Howell when he died. Richard C. Hunter was elected to replace him.

Thompson died in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 6, 1937 and interment in Grand Island Cemetery.


  1. "Thompson, William Henry". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 13, 2006.
  2. "Thompson, William Henry". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 13, 2006.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
William A. Poynter
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
George W. Berge
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Robert B. Howell
U.S. senator (Class 1) from Nebraska
May 24, 1933 – November 6, 1934
Served alongside: George W. Norris
Succeeded by
Richard C. Hunter