Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Jacob Thompson (1845-1909)
Veterinarian, MLA (1886-1888), MLA (1888-1892).
Born at Caledonia, Ontario, on 2 September 1845, he was educated there and at the Ontario Veterinary College. After practising as a veterinary surgeon at Brantford he came to Manitoba in 1881, settling in Carberry where he operated a hotel and livery until selling out in the spring of 1884 but continuing to farm.
He was elected to the Legislative Assembly for Norfolk in 1886, re-elected in 1888, but defeated in 1892. He later served as provincial veterinarian. He left Carberry in 1899 to live in St. James where he farmed, and served as Reeve of Assiniboia for a number of years. He was a candidate in the 1908 federal general election but was defeated by W. D. Staples.
On 14 June 1869, he married Margaret Farewell (1848-?), daughter of Leonard Farewell of Cayuga, Ontario. They had seven children: Chester F. Thompson (1873-?), Fannie Bell Thompson (1877-?, wife of E. J. Ransom), Milton A. Thompson (1879-?), Clarence G. Thompson (1881-?), Edward Earl Thompson (1883-?), Margaret May Thompson (1888-?), and Cora Thompson (1889-?).
He died at Winnipeg on 2 December 1909. He is commemorated by Thompson Drive.
A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.
John Alexander Gemmill (editor), The Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1887. Canadiana.org.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Dr. S. J. Thompson died yesterday,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 December 1909, page 11.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 June 2019