1905 – Vernon Wallace Thomson Born

On this date was born in Richland Center. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1927 he taught at Viroqua High School until 1929. Thomson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School and practiced law in Richland Center from 1932 to 1951. He served in numerous public posts in Richland County including, assistant district attorney, city attorney, and mayor of Richland Center. Thomson went on to become a member of the State Assembly from 1935 to 1951, State Attorney General from 1951 to 1957, and Governor of Wisconsin from January 7, 1957 to January 5, 1959. He was also a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1936, 1940, 1952, and 1956 and was elected as a Republican to Congress, where he served from January 3, 1961 until his resignation December 31, 1974. He died in Washington, D.C. on April 2, 1988. [Source: ]