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United States representative , governor of Wisconsin , lawyer , politician , member of the Wisconsin State Assembly

Vernon Wallace Thomson, American Congressman, government official. Bar: Wisconsin 1932. President Richland Center Library Board, 1939-1951; delegate to Republican national conversations, 1936, 40, 52, 56; presidential elector, 1952, 56. Member Order of Coif, Masons (33 degree), Chi Phi, Phi Delta Phi.


Thomson, Vernon Wallace was born on November 5, 1905 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Alva A. and Ella M. (Wallace) Thomson.


He attended what is now Carroll University, in 1925, but graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in 1927, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.


Teacher, Viroqua (Wisconsin) High School, 1927-1929;teacher, Madison (Wisconsin) Vocational School. Practiced law, Richland Center, until 1951. Enrolling officer Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1935.

Assistant district attorney Richland County, 1933-1935. City attorney Richland Center, 1933-1937, 42-44. Member Wisconsin Assembly, 1935-1951, speaker, 1939, 41, 43, Republican floor leader, 1945, 47, 49.

Mayor Richland Center, 1944-1951. Attorney general Wisconsin, 1951-1957. Governor Wisconsin, 1956-1958.

Practiced law, Madison, 1959-1960. Member 87th-93d congresses 3d District Wisconsin. Member house commission on foreign affairs, house select commission on small business;member Federal Election Commission, from 1975, chairman, 1976-1977.

Member of advisory com.on rules, pleadings, practice, procedure Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1945-1951. Member, secretary Wisconsin Legislation Council, 1949-1951. Member Wisconsin Judicial Council from 1951.


  • Bar: Wisconsin 1932.


He was mayor of Richland Center from 1944 to 1951 and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1935 to 1951, and served as Speaker of the Assembly from 1939 to 1945. Thomson was a member of the Federal Elections Commission.


Married Helen Davis, June 6, 1936 (deceased 1973). Children: Patricia, Susan Thomson Turner, Vernon Wallace Junior.

Alva A. Thomson

Ella M. (Wallace) Thomson

Helen Davis

Patricia Thomson

Susan Thomson Turner Thomson

Vernon Wallace Junior Thomson