June 9, 1834, Waldo, Maine.

September 28, 1917, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Greenwood Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Florida.

James’ parents were James C. Thompson and Esther C. Farnham. In 1850, he went to sea. In December 1852, he joined the office of the State Signal, a Whig paper published in Belfast. There he learned the printing business, which he followed for some years through several New England states. Before the outbreak of the American civil war, Thompson returned to Fairfield, Maine.

After the war begin, he enlisted in Company I, 17th Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, where he rose from second lieutenant to captain of Company K. He served in the Army of the Potomac, but in 1864 was mustered out due to disability.

Though Thompson’s service record indicates he was a pastor upon entering the army, he afterward studied at the Methodist General Biblical Institute in Concord, New Hampshire. He was ordained a deacon in 1865, graduated in June 1866, and joined the Maine Conference. In 1867, he became an elder. In 1870, after serving in a number of appointments, he moved to the Providence Conference (later renamed the New England Southern Conference) and retired in the spring of 1883.

Thompson then moved to Keyser, West Virginia, where he purchased the The Mountain Echo newspaper, editing it until February 1900. In October 1901, he was elected Secretary to the State Board of Agriculture, and moved to Charleston, West Virginia.

His final move was to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1905, where he was pastor of the First Avenue Methodist Church.

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