Absolam P. THOMPSON (1844-1914)
HOUSE, 50th and 51st General Assemblies, 1897-1901; representing Roane County; Republican. Born in Roane County, Apr. 24, 1844; son of R.B. and M.E. (BURNETT) THOMPSON. Described as having a limited education beyond "common schools"; studied law and admitted to bar. Married, date and place not indicated, to Ruth Caroline HINDS; children--Lillie, Margaret, and Laura. In early life, worked for Roane Iron Co., Rockwood; later occupations described as lawyer, minister, and writer, with home at Glen Alice, Roane County. Extent of ministerial activities, Methodist Episcopal Church, not shown; wrote, nom-de-plume, newspaper columns "Kalhoun Kross" and "Possum Krick." In Union army; mustered in at Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., Sept. 1, 1861, as pvt., Co. E, 1st Tenn. Inf.; promoted to cpl., and to sgt. Nov. 1, 1863; mustered out at Nashville, Davidson County, Sept. 17, 1864. Adjutant R.S. Kendrick Post, Grand Army of the Republic; member Roane County Veterans Ass'n. Died at Rockwood Dec. 15, 1914; buried in Glen Alice burial ground.
Sources: Nashville American, Dec. 29, 1896; Rockwood Times Republican, Oct. 14, 1897; June 1, Oct. 26, 1899; Rockwood Times, July 2, 1903; Feb. 11, May 26, 1904; Dec. 17, Dec 24, 1914; Sept. 21, 1939; Tenn. Vital Statistics, Death Certificate 44-306; microcopy Tenn. Union Service Records, roll 124.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.