A Distinguished Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania Jurist and Politician [Marchant, Edward D. (1806-1887)]. [Portrait of James Thompson]. 41" x 53-1/2" (image size). Oil on canvas in ornate nineteenth-century gilded wood frame. Some minor nicks and chips to frame, gilding slightly dulled, otherwise fine. $3,500 * Thompson was a jurist and politician serving in the Pennsylvania State Legislature from 1832 to 1834 and in 1855 and as speaker of the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1834. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention in 1838 and president judge of the 6th Judicial District from 1838 to 1844. He was elected to the United States Congress as a Democrat in 1845 and served until 1851, eventually becoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He became associate judge of The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1857 to 1866 and served as chief justice from 1866 to 1874. This portrait belonged to the Philadelphia Bar Association. Founded in 1802, it is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. Its library, where this portrait was last displayed, was renamed the Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library in 1967.
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