November 7, 1847, East Liverpool, Ohio.
September 20, 1909, New York City.
Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool, Ohio.
Rebuffed in early attempts to sell his songs to commercial publishers, Thompson started his own publishing company. He later opened a store to sell pianos, organs and sheet music.
A lyricist and composer, he ensured he would always remember words or melodies that came to him at odd times:
No matter where I am, at home or hotel, at the store or traveling, if an idea or theme comes to me that I deem worthy of a song, I jot it down in verse. In this way I never lose it.
Thompson took ill during a tour of Europe, and his family cut short its travels to return home. He died a few weeks later.
His works include: