William Carrington Thompson
Early and Family Life
Thompson was born in Chatham, Virginia. He attended Hampden-Sydney College and graduated in 1935. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1938 and was admitted to the bar the same year.
During World War II, Thompson served in the U.S. Navy, at various times patrolling the Eastern shore and in the Pacific Ocean.
Legal and political career
Upon returning to civilian life, Thompson returned to his job as assistant attorney general, then was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for Pittsylvania County, Virginia, where he served from 1948 until 1955.
In 1959, Thompson won election to the House of Delegates, serving as a Democrat representing Danville and Pittsylvania County. He was elected . In to the Senate of Virginia in 1967, and served until 1972.
Upon the retirement of Justice Alex M. Herman, the General Assembly elected Judge Thompson to the Supreme Court of Virginia, effective February 1, 1980. Justice Thompson retired from active service on the Court three years later, and was succeeded by Justice John Charles Thomas]].
- "Former Justice Thompson dies", Virginia Lawyers Weekly (June 13, 2011)
- Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates (1973). "Journal of the House of Delegates of the State of Virginia, Volume 1". Journal of the House of Delegates of the State of Virginia. I.
- Robertson, Ellen. "Retired Va. Supreme Court Justice W. Carrington Thompson dies". Richmond Times Dispatach. Richmond Times Dispatch. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2011.