Taken from “The Headlight” no date given
Submitted by: Robert Kingrey
Mr. C.A. Thompson is one of the most successful members of the bar in this city. His years have been spent in careful study and active practice of his profession, and as a young man he is possessed of more than ordinary legal ability, having attained a high place in the estimation of his associates and the public generally.
Mr. Thompson is a native of West Virginia, and was born September 4th, 1870, removing to Ironton with his parents when but two years of age. He graduated from the city high school in 1886, and after teaching school a short period in West Virginia he returned to Ohio and was employed on the engineering corps of the C.H. & D. R’y Co., beginning as a stake driver and finishing as level man.
From 1887 to 1889 he attended the Ohio State University, and the following year was employed by Lawrence County making maps for the decennial real estate appraisement. Returning to the University he graduated with honors in 1892. After spending two years teaching school at Bement, Illinois, during which time he read law, he returned for a third time to the University, and in 1895 graduated from the law department with the highest honors of his class. The same year he began practice in Ironton and the following year was appointed to fill an un-expired term as city solicitor, to which position he was elected in the spring of 1897 for a term ending in 1899. Mr. Thompson has well earned all that he has attained by untiring effort and energy.