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Thompson, Ruth

Born: 1887 AD
Died: 1970 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Politician

1887- Born on the 15th of September in Whitehall, Michigan

1905 – She graduated from Muskegon Business College of nearby Muskegon, and became a lawyer with a private practice.

1925-1937 – She was registrar of probate court of Muskegon County and judge of probate.

1938 – She was elected the county’s first female state representative and served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives

1941-1942 – Thompson then served on the Social Security Board of Washington, D.C.

         – Staff for United States Labor Department.

1946 – United States Adjutant General’s Office.

         – Member and chair of the Michigan state Prison Commission for Women.

1950 – Thompson was elected as a Republican from Michigan’s 9th congressional district to the 82nd Congress and subsequently re-elected to the two succeeding Congresses.

1956 – She was an unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination to the 85th Congress, being defeated by fellow Republican Robert P. Griffin and returned to her home in Whitehall.

1970 – Died on the 5th of April in Plainwell Sanitorium in Allegan County and is interred in Oakhurst Cemetery of Whitehall.