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inventor , mechanic engineer , army officer

John Taliaferro Thompson, American army officer, mechanic engineer, inventor. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal, 1919, “For exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service,” as chief of small arms division; later president John T. Thompson Corporation, New New York. Served various garrisons, Naval Gun Factory, National Armory, etc.


Thompson, John Taliaferro was born on December 31, 1860 in Newport, Kentucky, United States. Son of Lieutenant Colonel James and Julia Maria (Taliaferro) Thompson.


Student Indiana U., 1876-1877. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1882. Torpedo course, United States Engineers’ School, 1884.

Graduated from the United States Artillery School, 1890. Doctor of Laws, Indiana U., 1922.


Judge M. B. and Almira Lewis Hagans, July 27, 1882. 1 son, Lieutenant Colonel Marcellus Hagans. Commissioned Second lieutenant artillery, June 13, 1882.

Promoted through grades to colonel, October 30, 1913. Retired, November 2, 1914. Brigadier general ordnance, O.R.C., Army of the United States, 1924.


  • Other Work

    • Writer of various tech, pamphlets and articles. Inventor of firearms, machinery and airplane devices.


Served various garrisons, Naval Gun Factory, National Armory, etc.


Married Juliet Estelle, d.

Lieutenant Colonel James Thompson

Julia Maria (Taliaferro) Thompson

Juliet Estelle