Vernon Wallace Thomson
Vernon Wallace Thomson was the 34th Governor
Governor of Wisconsin
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 of Wisconsin
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 from 1957 to 1959. Vernon Thomson was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin
Richland Center, Wisconsin
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. He attended what is now Carroll University, in 1925, but graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in 1927, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. In 1932, he received his law degree and practiced law. Thomson became involved in the Republican
Republican Party (United States)
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 Party. He was mayor
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 of Richland Center from 1944 to 1951 and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
Wisconsin State Assembly
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 from 1935 to 1951, of which he served as speaker. He was attorney general
Attorney General
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 of Wisconsin from 1951 to 1957. In 1956, he was elected governor of Wisconsin defeating William Proxmire
William Proxmire
Edward William Proxmire was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1957 to 1989.-Personal life:...

; he was defeated for reelection as governor in 1958 by Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Anton Nelson was an American politician from Wisconsin who served as a United States Senator and governor. A Democrat, he was the principal founder of Earth Day.-Public service and leadership:...

. In 1961, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
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 and was defeated for reelection in 1974. Vernon Thomson was a member of the Federal Elections Commission. Vernon Thomson died in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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 and was buried in Richland Center, Wisconsin.

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