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temperance weekly in the State to raise the prohibition banner, and the first published in the State having a year's existence. This paper had quite an influence in its day in moulding the opinions of its readers according to the principles of the Prohibition party. Dr. Thompson has been connected with a number of temperance organizations, and having ever since his conversion to the prohibition faith been an active prohibitionist, has done faithful service, but he is now inclined to withdraw from the political arena.
    The professional life of Dr. Thompson also furnishes an interesting record. Having been educated in the common schools of Huntingdon county, he studied both medicine and dentistry at Williamsburg, Blair county, with Dr. Alexander McKamy. Afterward he entered the Medical Department of the Pennsylvania College, graduating at Philadelphia in the spring of 1857. He located first at New Germantown, Perry county, and then at Williamsburg, Blair county, practicing in all about sixteen years. At the end of this time, because of failing health, he took up the study of dentistry exclusively, having up to this time practiced it in connection with medicine.
    He went to Johnstown in 1878, and has remained there ever since in constant practice. He also gave valuable service to his country during the Civil War, serving as acting assistant surgeon, United States army. He was on duty with General Burnside's division at Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the time of the battle of the Rapidan, but was sent from that point to Mount Pleasant hospital, District of Columbia, on the day of the second battle of Bull Run.
    Dr. Thompson's religious life, too, is worthy of notice. Formerly he was a Presbyterian, but by a careful, prayerful study of the Bible,
he became convinced that the second coming of Christ is near at hand, and as he could no longer subscribe to many of the doctrines held and taught by the church of his choice, he joined the Seventh Day Adventist church, in which he continues a faithful and earnest member.
    He was an Odd Fellow from 1850 until recently. He is of Irish extraction, his grandfather having emigrated from Ireland to America, located shortly afterward in Huntingdon county, where he died. His vocation was that of farming. David Thompson, father of our subject, was born in Maryland, near the city of Fredericksburg, and emigrated to Huntingdon county, dying there. He was a blacksmith. Thus it will be seen that the ancestors of Dr. Thompson followed the occupations of sturdy men.
    Dr. Thompson was born in Huntingdon county, October 16, 1823. His mother was Martha Porter; his first wife was Elizabeth Ann Ake, of Williamsburg, Blair county; and his second wife, Margaret McCahan. He has no children living.
    This brief sketch of Dr. Thompson warrants us in giving to him the character of an energetic professional man, and a man of strong convictions and worthy aims.


HON. JAMES K. BOYD, ex-Mayor of Johnstown, is a notable example of a man who has achieved honorable successes by the force of a strong character. Although we may believe that God makes new Adams every day, we cannot but acknowledge the powerful influence of heredity and be glad if in our own case we can look back upon a line of strong, sturdy ancestors. Mr. Boydhas reason to be especially proud of his ancestral stock. In the first place, he has Scotch blood in his


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