The Papers of Charles H. Thompson in the Dartmouth College LibraryWMAN MS-872

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thompson, Charles H.
Title Remainder: Papers. 1885-1913
Dates: 1885-1913
Identification: MS-872





Biographical Information

Charles Howard Thompson was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, on February 4, 1870, the son of Charles Frederick Thompson and Elizabeth Cune Thompson. He married Ruth Noyes in 1886 and later divorced her. Their daughter, Lelia E. Thompson, became one of the first woman lawyers in Hartford County, Connecticut. Thompson, interested in business and politics from an early age, served as a teller at the Vermont National Bank, 1885-1893; president and manager of independent water powers including the Vermont Quebec and Power Corporation; bailiff; member of the school board; and Mayor and Chairman of the Board of Auditors in Brattleboro, Vermont. His pursuits were national in scope as an owner and operator of ranch properties in the Southwest, 1903-1913, and as an elected Trustee of the Colored Industrial College of Southern Pines, North Carolina, and of Boston Sunday Commons. As a member of the Progressive National Executive Committee, 1912-1916; the Massachusetts Roosevelt Committee; and New England Manager and Chairman of Progressive Party Executive Committee of Vermont; he worked and corresponded with many prominent personages including future presidents. In 1916, he also ran in the Vermont primary for Lieutenant Governor under the banner of the National Progressive Party. He died in 1933.

Scope and Content

The Charles H. Thompson papers were the kind gift of Hollis Szeps in 1999. The collection is contained in one box of 0.2 linear feet.

Represented in this collection are a series of letters to Charles Howard Thompson. This body of correspondence covers primarily the time period of his association with the National Progressive Party, 1902-1913, and includes letters from many famous personages including Theodore Roosevelt, governors of states, members of Congress, chairmen of Congressional committees, and cabinet members. Letters to Ruth Noyes Thompson, his wife, and to Lelia Elizabeth Thompson, their daughter, are also represented. In addition, the collection contains the signature book of Ruth Thompson, letters collected by her for their signatures, her collection of cut signatures, and newspaper clippings. The newspaper clippings include information on Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Thompson; Helen E. Thompson, the sister of Charles, who was head of Burnham School for fifty years; Charles Frederick Thompson, his father; Lelia Thompson, their daughter; and genealogical information on both Mr. and Mrs. Thompson's family. Charles Thompson's personal copy of the program for the Hamiltonian and Republican National Convention, which took place in the Coliseum in Chicago in June, 1912, is also extant.

Letters from correspondents and cut signatures include: Clara Clemens, Edgar Stanton Maclay, Justin Morrill, Rudyard Kipling, Kate Upson Clark, Mabel Todd, James Gordon Gilkey, Booker T. Washington, Ozora S. Davis, James R. Garfield, Redfield and Fletcher Proctor, Albert J. Beveridge, William Lyon Phelps, Seamus MacManus, Robert Perkins Bass, Margaret Deland, Julia Lathrop, Charles F. Bird, George Wingate, John Bolan, Richard H. Dana, Frederick Holbrook, Count Ilya Tolstoy, Miles Poindexter, Sir Wilfred Grenfell, and others.

Arrangement

Correspondence to Charles H. Thompson is arranged chronologically for the purpose of giving the flavor of his role in the National Progressive Party. The rest of the letters in the collection are in the appropriate folders in alphabetical order by name of the writer. Newspaper clippings are grouped under their subject(s) and are arranged in alphabetical order.

The cut signatures and letters found in the signature book have been removed, wherever possible, and placed in the appropriate folders. Seven letters still remain in the signature book: Justin Morrill, George Edmonds, Alexander Dunnett, Boyd Wheeler, Robert P. Bass, Charles J. Bonaparte, and Jose M. Sanchez.






FOLDER : 1

Letters to Charles H. Thompson, 1902-1908



FOLDER : 2

National Progressive Party Correspondence, 1910-1912



FOLDER : 3

National Progressive Party Correspondence, 1912



FOLDER : 4

National Progressive Party Correspondence, 1913



FOLDER : 5

Ruth Noyes Thompson, Correspondence and autographs, A-K



FOLDER : 6

Ruth Noyes Thompson, Correspondence and autographs, L-Z



FOLDER : 7

Lelia E. Thompson, Correspondence and clippings



FOLDER : 8

Thompson genealogy



FOLDER : 9

Clippings, Charles Frederick Thompson



FOLDER : 10

Clippings, Charles Howard Thompson



FOLDER : 11

Clippings, Charles and Ruth Thompson



FOLDER : 12

Clippings, Helen E. Thompson



FOLDER : 13

Clippings, Ruth N. Thompson



FOLDER : 14

Autograph album



FOLDER : 15

Cut signatures



FOLDER : 16

Program from the 1912 Hamiltonian and Republican National Convention



FOLDER : 17

Brattleboro High School Graduation Program of Charles H. Thompson, Class of 1885



FOLDER : 18

Ephemera





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