Biography of Waddy Thompson

THOMPSON, Waddy, jurist, was born in Cumberland county, Va., Nov. 18, 1769; fifth son of Josiah and Mary (Swann) Thompson; and a descendant of Sir Henry Swann. He was admitted to the bar at Richmond, and in 1790 removed to Wilkes county, Ga. He was married, April 20, 1793, to Eliza Blackburn, daughter of Capt. James (of the Continental army), and Elizabeth (Blackburn) Williams. In 1798 he settled in "Old Pickensville," S.C.; was a representative in the state legislature; solicitor of the western circuit, which office he held until 1805, when he was elected one of the chancellors of South Carolina, the highest judicial position of the commonwealth. He resigned in 1831, and in 1832 was the Union candidate for representative in opposition to Warren R. Davis, States-Rights Democrat, but withdrew before the election. He died in Greenville, S.C., Feb. 9, 1845.

The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Volume X. Rossiter Johnson, ed., Boston: The Biographical Society, 1904.

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