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Wells Thompson

President of the Senate Pro Tem.

Hon. Wells Thompson, of Columbus, Colorado county, who was yesterday elected president pro tem. of the State Senate, is a native of Matagorda county in this State. When quite young he attended the well-knwn preparatory school of old Doc. Wilson at Burst [?] Shops, North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, where he graduated in June, 1858. From this university he returned to Texas and studied law.

On the breaking out of the late war Mr. Thompson joined Bass' company, Wigfall's regiment, Hood brigade, and served with credit during the entire contest.

After peace was established, he moved to Columbus, his present home, and formed a copartnership with Messrs. McCormick and Foard, attorneys, and with whom he is still associated. In 1868 Mr. Thompson announced himself as an independent candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor and stumped the State, receiving a higher vote than Boulds Baker, one of his opponents, but was declared defeated by J. W. Flanagan. He was next known in the political arena as the Democratic candidate for the State Senate of the Thirteenth Legislature against R. P. Tendick, Radical, who seat he contested, but without success. Mr. Thompson is a man of more than ordinary intellect, and a speaker fluent and forcible. Though in appearance he is very youthful, he will doubtless make an efficient and satisfactory presiding officer.

The Galveston Daily News, April 20, 1876, page 1


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