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  Thomson, Vernon W.
NameVernon W. Thomson
Richland Center, Wisconsin , United States
Born November 05, 1905
DiedApril 02, 1988 (82 years)
Contributoreddy 9_99
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 07, 2015 02:44pm
Infoborn in Richland Center, Richland County, Wis., November 5, 1905; graduated from Richland Center High School in 1923; attended Carroll College in Waukesha, 1923-1925; graduated from University of Wisconsin in 1927; taught at Viroqua High School, 1927-1929; graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1932; engaged in private practice of law, Richland Center, Wis., 1932-1951; assistant district attorney of Richland County, 1933-1935, and city attorney, 1933-1937, and again, 1942-1944; mayor of Richland Center from April 1944 to February 1951; member of the State assembly, 1935-1951, serving as speaker, 1939-1945, and as Republican floor leader, 1945-1951; State attorney general, 1951-1957; Governor of Wisconsin from January 7, 1957, to January 5, 1959; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1936, 1940, 1952, and 1956; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh Congress; reelected to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1961, until his resignation December 31, 1974; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; member, Federal Election Commission, April 1975 to June 1979 and January 1981 to December 1981; was a resident of McLean, Va., until his death in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 1988; interment in Richland Center Cemetery, Richland Center, Wis.

Vernon Wallace Thomson (November 5, 1905 – April 2, 1988) was Governor of Wisconsin from 1957 to 1959. Vernon Thomson was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He was a lawyer and a Republican. He was mayor of Richland Center from 1944 to 1951 and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1935 to 1951. He was 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. In 1961, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and was defeated for reelection in 1974. Vernon Thomson was a member of the Federal Elections Commission. Vernon Thomson died in Washington, D.C. and was buried in Richland Center, Wisconsin.


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