William C. Thompson (New York judge)

William Colridge Thompson Sr. (October 26, 1924 – December 24, 2018) was a New York State Senator and Justice of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division.[1][2]


He was born on October 26, 1924, in New York City.[3] He graduated from Brooklyn College, and in 1954 from Brooklyn Law School. Thompson served in the United States Army during World War II.[4][5]

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1965 to 1968, sitting in the 175th, 176th and 177th New York State Legislatures. He was a Democrat.[6] He was Brooklyn's first African-American State Senator.[2][7][8]

He was a member of the New York City Council from 1969 to 1973.[6] In November 1973, he was elected to the New York Supreme Court.[6]

In November 1974 he was designated as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Term, 2nd and 11th Districts.[6] In December 1980, he was designated an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department.[6] He retired from the bench at the end of 2000 when he reached the constitutional age limit, and then became of counsel to the law firm of Roger Victor Archibald, PLLC.[2][6]

New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson (born 1953) was his son.[9] Thompson died on December 24, 2018 at the age of 94.[10]


  1. "When Thompson Started Out, the Brooklyn Machine Offered a Way Up", By MICHAEL POWELL, October 30, 2009, New York Times
  2. "BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS". www.brooklaw.edu. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  3. New York Red Book (1965–1966; pg. 93))
  4. Ross & Hill Attorneys-William C. Thompson
  5. "HON. WILLIAM C. THOMPSON (Ret.), Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Department" (PDF). www.namadr.com. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  6. "Advisors". www.brooklynatty.com. Archived from the original on August 24, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. "William C. Thompson; Associate Justice: 1980-2001". www.courts.state.ny.us. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  8. "William C. Thompson Lawyer Profile". martindale.com. August 10, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  9. Quiet Leader Wages a Bold Campaign in the New York Times on September 16, 2009
  10. Sommerfeldt, Chris. "William Thompson, Brooklyn's first black state senator, dead at 94". Daily News. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Walter E. Cooke
New York State Senate
11th District

Succeeded by
Jack E. Bronston
Preceded by
John J. Marchi
New York State Senate
19th District

Succeeded by
Samuel L. Greenberg
Preceded by
Simon J. Liebowitz
New York State Senate
18th District

Succeeded by
Waldaba Stewart
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