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Biography of Jacob Thompson

North Carolina has contributed much to the history of other States. Many of our promising youths have gone to add their lives and talents to increasing the honor rolls of other sections of the Union. Upon all such she looks with pride and pleasure. But she is not willing that all the honor coming from such lives be claimed by the States of their adoption. It is a circumstance of no small consideration for one to have been a true, native North Carolinian. There is a solidity and strength of character in the general tenor of our good old State that will make itself felt wherever you find it. The mother takes some credit to herself for the achievements of her sons. One life we should not fail to lay great claims to is that of Jacob Thompson, a native North Carolinian, who gave his life work to the State of Mississippi. He served twelve years as Congressman from that State during one of the most trying periods of the Nation’s history, and filled the office of Secretary of Interior in the cabinet of James Buchanan. He was one of the strongest men of his time and exerted a powerful influence in the Nation’s capital in the days when Webster, Clay, and Calhoun were crossing swords in the Senatorial arena. His life is worth considering. He was born in the beautiful little village of Leasburg, in Caswell County, North Carolina, in 1810. His father was Nicholas Thompson, who moved from Orange County and settled in Leasburg about 1801. He was of Scottish descent, and inherited much of the energy...

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