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Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 12-21-1900

The board of trustees of Wabash College desire to place on  record its grateful remembrance of the services of Alexander  THOMSON who departed this life August 5, 1900. Mr. Thomson was a  trustee of the college from 1840 to 1898 and treasurer of the  institution until 1891. During all this period his duties were  faithfully and conscientiously performed. He died full of years  and with a reputation without spot or blemish. He rests from his  labors and his works will follow him.

Source: H. W. Beckwith, 1881 History of Montgomery County, Indiana  (Chicago: Beers) p 214

ALEXANDER THOMSON, retired, Crawfordsville, was born January  15, 1812, in Hamilton County, Ohio, in a small town called  Springfield, since Springdale.
His parents, John and Nancy (Steele) Thomson, were among the  early settlers of Crawfordsville, having arrived here some time  in 1834. John Thomson was born in Pennsylvania, whither his  grandparents (Thomsons) had come from Ireland. He then spent some  years in Kentucky, and in 1800 emigrated to Ohio, where he spent  many years in the Presbyterian ministry in Miami County. Here he  labored in the early work of the Church for thirty years, until  he came to Crawfordsville. His life was unusually long, his death  not occurring until he reached his eighty-sixth year. His wife,  Mrs. Nancy Thomson, died in her seventy-fifth year. Both were  highly respected citizens and earnest Christian people. Alexander  Thomson, son of the above, passed many of his youthful days on a  farm, but improved a part of each year in storing knowledge and  fitting himself for a career of future usefulness. He attended  Miami University. In 1835, on account of the sickness of his  brother, he was called home to Crawfordsville, and although he  had reached the senior year, he never returned to his alma mater.  For several years Mr. Thomson clerked, then engaged in the County  clerk's office, and afterward studied law, which he made his  profession for thirty years, becoming one of the eminent members  of the Crawfordsville bar. For nearly thirty years he has been  connected with the board of trustees of Wabash College, and is at  present financial agent and treasurer of the same, which position  he has filled for fifteen years. Politically, Mr. Thomson was a  whig, but with the advent of republicanism he became a staunch  supporter of that party. On December 31, 1840, he was married to  Miss Crawford, daughter of Alex. Crawford, an early settler of  this city. She was born in 1812. They have three children:  Everett B., Henry R. and Edwin P. All the family are members of  the Presbyterian Church. Everett B., now a Presbyterian minister,  is located at Piqua, Ohio. Henry R., professor of chemistry, is  in Wabash College, and Edwin P. is studying for the Presbyterian  ministry.

Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, p 707

ALEXANDER THOMSON, an honored pioneer of Crawfordsville and  for many years one of the most influential and successful  attorneys of Montgomery County, is a native of Ohio and was born  in Springfield January 15, 1812. In his boyhood he was the  recipient of excellent educational advantages, of which he  availed himself to the utmost. For a time he conducted his  studies in Miami University, leaving at the close of the junior  year. In 1835, in the prime of his vigorous and stalwart manhood,  he came to Crawfordsville, and since that time his life has been  inseparably interwoven with the history of the place, to the  development of which he has largely contributed.

 After clerking for a short time in a store, Mr. Thomson became  deputy to the County Clerk, J. W. Lynn, and while filling this  position employed his leisure hours in the study of law. In 1840  he was admitted to practice at the Bar of the State of Indiana  and formed a legal partnership with the pioneer lawyer, Ben  Ristine, continuing that connection for nearly forty years.  Politics has not presented an inviting field to him, and his  attention has been given mainly to an extensive commercial and  probate business. In 1864 he was elected Treasurer of Wabash  College, and from 1870 until his resignation in 1891 he gave his  attention wholly to the demands of this position, which he  resigned after an active service of twenty-seven years.

 On the last day of the year 1840 Mr. Thomson was united in  marriage with the daughter of Alexander Crawford, and the sister  of Henry Crawford, one of the pioneer merchants of this section.  Mrs. Thomson was born in Ohio and died May 7, 1878. The union had  been blessed by the birth of three sons: Everett B., Henry R. and  Edwin P. The first-named son was graduated from Wabash College in  1864, and completed the course in Lane Seminary three years  later. He became a minister of the Gospel and was thus engaged at  Crawfordsville for three years; at present he is Librarian of  Wabash College. Henry R., now deceased, was a young man of  talent, and enjoyed every opportunity for acquiring literary  culture, having studied in the Universities of Philadelphia,  Yale, Harvard, Ann Arbor and Berlin. Rev. Edwin P. Thomson, a  popular and eloquent minister, has held pastorates at Plymouth,  Ind., Idaho Springs and the Westminster Church in Denver; he  recently accepted a call to Springfield, Ohio, where he now resides.
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