Elijah Marion Thompson, member of the House from Montgomery County, lives at Winona, Mississipi. He is the son of Thomas and Alcena Roberts (Watson) Thompson, and was born near Greensburg, Louisiana, May 30, 1843. Thomas Thompson was the son of Jerry Nias and Sarah (Todley) Thompson of Washington Parish, Louisiana, where he was born. He lived in later life near Gatlinburg in that State. The mother of hte subject of our sketch was the daughter of Willis and Elizabeth (Bennett) Watson of Greensburg, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. Mr. Thompson was educated in the country schools of his native parish.
At an early age he took up the occupation of farming in which he has been engaged throughout his life. During the Civil War he faithfullly served the Confederacy as Second Sergeant of Company H of the 27th Louisiana Regiment. He has had a great deal of experience in public life. From 1870 to 1880 he served as Jusrtice of the Peace; for four years he was a valuable member of the board of supervisors; for six years he was Sheriff, and in 1911 was elected to the State Legislature, in which he served on the following committees: Liguor Traffic, Public Printing, Pensions, Census, and Appropriations. Always popular in his county and honored for the high position he had reached with few educational advantages the people of his section have, time and again, placed him in public positions of trust. No man in the public service of the State is more independent in his convictions, and his high sense of justice in dealing with the various state institutions has made him trusted by all who have the State's welfare at heart. His constitutuents were so well pleased with his record that they re-elected him for the term of 1916-1920. He now serves on the committees of Ways and Means; Corporations; Pensions of which he is chairman.
He is a Democrat, a Mason and a Baptist. December 18, 1861 he was married to Sarah Elizabeth Hollman, daughter of John and Susan (Casile) Hollman of Lodi, Choctaw County, Mississippi. Their family consists of: Mary Susan Thompson, Alcena Eugenia (Thompson) Harpole, Dr. John Allen Thompson of Durmott, Arkansas, Christopher Irvin Thompson and Pleasant Hamer Thompson.
(This biography was extracted from the State of Mississippi, Official Register of 1917.)